Tongelaar Castle

Mill, Netherlands

The first mention of the Tongelaar Castle on this site dates from 1282 when it was dedicated to Count Floris V by Jan van Cuyk. The Van Cuyk family was probably owner of the castle until somewhere in the 15th century when it was owned by the Van Merwick family. In later centuries ownership of the castle passed through several noble Dutch and Belgian families until the 20th century.

The only medieval part of Tongelaar Castle is the square brick tower. This was originally the gate tower and would have been equipped with a drawbridge. The large window would have been the entrance. This tower dates back to the early 15th century. Archeological research proved that there had been a fortified medieval building at the opposite side of the gate tower but that they had not been connected by walls with each other. The tower would have had several living quarters and had a prison below ground level.

All the other present buildings were built in the 18th and 19th century. The western wing was either built on the foundations of an earlier building or built with the use of old building materials.

The tower is now a corner tower of a closed square farm with a simple courtyard.



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Tongelaar 12, Mill, Netherlands
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Stephania Junier (2 years ago)
Het is een mooie plek om te wandelen en te fietsen en verder weet ik het niet want ik kan met mijn scootmobiel nergens naar binnen.
adri-jan Putmans (2 years ago)
Mooi en veel natuur
Ton Lute (3 years ago)
Een plek waar je na een wandeling lekker een kop koffie kunt kopen. Er is ook een brouwerij bij. Ze maken lekker bier. Een aanrader.
JETSKE kleintjespower (3 years ago)
Mooie locatie in een prachtig gebied. Je kunt hier fijn zitten op het binnenplein van het kasteel of binnen in het kasteel. Een drankje drinken of hapje eten is een aanrader. Een deel van het kasteel is zo toegankelijk. Je kunt ook een toren beklimmen. Dit blijft leuk om te doen. Zelfs na vele keren. Er zijn ook regelmatig leuke evenementen om en in het kasteel. Bijvoorbeeld de oogst en plukdag.
Door Danny Janssen (3 years ago)
Een locatie naar mijn hart, fijne sfeer, prachtig licht, leuke mensen. Dit is nou typisch zo'n trouwlocatie die alles biedt voor een zeer geslaagde trouwdag. Ik kom er graag als trouwfotografe. Het is een echt kasteel maar wel met een gezellige en relaxte uitstraling. Je voelt je er meteen op je gemak. Ik ben dan ook blij dat een aantal van 'mijn' bruidsparen ook Kasteel Tongelaar hebben vastgelegd.
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