Valkenburg Castle Ruins

Valkenburg, Netherlands

In the year 1115, fortifications were erected at the site by Gosewijn I, Lord of Valkenburg. This original wooden keep survived until 1122 when it was destroyed under siege by Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor. The castle was rebuilt in the following centuries but was again destroyed in a siege, this time by Jan III, Duke of Brabant. The current ruins are those of the castle rebuilt in the 14th century.

The castle was blown up during the Franco-Dutch War, in 1672, by the army of King-Stadtholder Willem III to prevent it falling into French hands.

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Founded: 1115
Category: Ruins in Netherlands

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kev simnor (20 months ago)
Impressive views over the town accessable via a lift..Cafe worth a visit..enjoy a coffee or beer while taking in the views
Steve Fletcher (21 months ago)
The castle ruins are worth a visit you can either use the steps or take the lift, there's a nice restaurant bar with good views over the town
Kylie Plester (2 years ago)
These are the only castle ruins on a hill in The Netherlands so it feels a bit like you could be in another country. It takes around 30 mins to explore the ruins which give you great views of Valkenburg and a little bit of information about the history. We used our Museumkaart for free entry.
Art Klep (2 years ago)
The only hill fort in the Netherlands. These ruins and the surrounding fortifications are well worth a visit. The history and technology used are pretty impressive. Be prepared for busyness and price gouging, especially around the holiday season.
Adrian Cox (2 years ago)
Lovely history of this castle through the 12th century. Well presented but maybe difficult for some with mobility issues. Wheelchair access is possible via the lift by the entrance. But some areas will be limited but worth the trip for the views.
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