Eijsden Castle is a moated manor house with several farm buildings, a gatehouse and castle park, in Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, Netherlands. The current castle was built in 1636, renovated in 1767, and restored between 1881-1886. The castle is made up out of two angled wings with at the outside corner a heavy cornertower flanked by a small stair tower. At the end of the eastwing Athere is another towerlike building containing a gate which grands access to the inner square. On top of this gate is placed the year of completion and the arms of the De Lamargelle and von Bocholtz families. The whole is surrounded by a moat. The castle is built in Mosan Renaissance-style.

First mention of the castle was in 1334 when 'den hof tot Esde' was granted to Dyederic van Montjoy en Valkenburg by John III, Duke of Brabant. In 1558 Eijsden was owned by Arnold II Huyn van Amstenrade, lord of Geleen, drossaerd of Valkenburg, governor of Brabant owned Maastricht and captain-general of Limburg and the lands east of the Maas. His daughter Anna married Willem de Lamargelle, and their son, Arnold de Lamargelle, build the current castle in 1636-1637. By inheritance the castle was owned successively by the families van Hoensbroeck, de Geloes and de Liedekerke, who are the current owners of the castle.

Next to the castle is a gatebuilding with sidebuilding, built in 1649 when a fire destroyed the earlier buildings. They were restored between 1883-1885.

The castle park, created around 1900, is open to the public. It was designed by French garden artist Achille Duchêne (1866-1947), replacing an earlier 18th century park. Of this original 18th century park only a small part remains on the northside of the castle, where there is also an 18th-century basement for the storage of ice. The current park has a neo-rococo pond and a group of statues containing three putti.

The castle is located on or near the location of a medieval castle, named Caestertburg or Kettelhof. During the early Middle Ages the court and fertile riverlands were owned by the prince-bishops of Liège.

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Founded: 1636
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Kewin Brouwer (2 years ago)
Nice to see it one time
Brigita Soldo (2 years ago)
It's surprising that there is no entrance fee and that this is open to the public because the gardens are stunning and quite large. I highly recommend it for a lovely romantic walk, it's always peaceful and quiet here.
Liam Fitzpatrick (2 years ago)
The grounds were pleasant to walk around, often in sight of the mansion. Our map showed a path along the river into the town, but sadly that seemed to be a fiction on our map.
Anne siffrin (2 years ago)
We went there as a Sunday tour with our bikes and had a little picnic. We made mivelz pictures in de garden. Overall the location is lovely but do not expect banks or even trash cans.
Arjan van de Rest (2 years ago)
A nice park to walk in. The castle is a beautiful feature in the middle of the park and the tree over arching driveway is stunning.. even in winter. Definitely a place to visit
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