Deurne Small Castle

Deurne, Netherlands

The predecessor of Deurne Castle, so-called 'small castle' is on the other side of the road. The small castle is originally medieval, but in the 19th century it was extended. Near the castle you will find a watermill.


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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands


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Bert Roozeboom (2 months ago)
The Big Castle is a 14th-century castle near the town of Deurne, in the Dutch province North Brabant. Since 1944 it is a ruin rebuilt as it must have been before the 2nd world war.
Jordan Montero Aragon (2 months ago)
There's a restaurant next to the castle where you can sit and enjoy the view
George von Gabain (8 months ago)
Skeleton over, nice place with park and restaurant
Marja Klaver (11 months ago)
Ruin with history, around 1400, in a beautiful park, with catering, animals and tennis courts of TC Deurne. Nice to combine with other historical places in Deurne. Such as museum de Wieger (garden path of my father - known for the song by Wim Sonneveld). Also nice is the DAF walk, including past the house of the founder of DAF (van Doorne). The name that also reappears at the castle ruins, the lords of Doerne.
Railthe Trails (13 months ago)
42Deurne cycling around I came upon this 14th C. ruin surrounded by water. The area has a lot of life with the De Vlier stream running though a green space with meadows a small petting zoo and a nice bistro. #railthetrails
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