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Bringing history to life TEXT: TOYAH MARONDEL | PHOTOS: HEESWIJK CASTLE
Heeswijk Castle fascinates its visitors with its 1,000-year-old history, including its crucial role in the medieval history of the Netherlands. The castle, close to Den Bosch, was originally built in the 11th century and it was restored in 2005. Give yourself some time to explore this authentic castle and manor in the heart of Brabant. Sometimes romantic, sometimes sinister, Heeswijk Castle evokes a palpable sense of both melancholy and wonder. Luc Eekhout, the museum’s director, says: “We like our visitors to interact while visiting the castle. We are offering guided tours but everyone is also welcome to download a guide app from our website. Also we are providing our visitors with 46 | Issue 27 | March 2016
tablets which they can use while exploring Heeswijk Castle.” Furthermore, he notes that on most Sundays the castle offers a so-called reenactment, a living history camp demonstrating medieval life. The castle does its best to provide a variety of events throughout the year, including exhibitions and concerts. Heeswijk Castle brings the past to life, with a visceral reminder that battles, quests and chivalry are not the exclusive province of fantasy novels. For many, marrying in a castle satisfies a childhood dream of being a princess for a day. Eekhout says: “We have a designated hall in which we are licensed to conduct wedding ceremonies on site
and couples can book the castle exclusively, meaning that you have the whole place to yourselves for the duration of your stay.” This could really make one feel like a king and queen. The castle and its surrounding gardens are also available on an exclusive usage basis for special events with stunning views across the landscape. Entry to Heeswijk Castle is ten euros, children up to the age of 12 are welcome for six euros. Go medieval on your next trip to Holland and visit Heeswijk Castle, where ancient history is alive and well. www.kasteelheeswijk.nl
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