Discover Benelux | East of the Netherlands | Gelderland Highlights
Explore the castles of Gelderland TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN | PHOTOS: GELDERSCH LANDSCHAP EN KASTEELEN
With the Netherlands’ rich history, it is not surprising how many castles there are to be found, some of which belong to the unique collection of the Geldersch Landschap en Kasteelen (GLK). Its name, which translates to ‘Geldersch Landscapes and Castles’, derives from the province of Gelderland where the GLK manages several landscapes, manors and castles. Seven of them are open to public, and attracted more than 200,000 visitors last year. Time travel has yet to be invented, but if you want to experience life in medieval times, the castles and manors of GLK are the way to go. See how nobility lived in the Middle Ages by enjoying the architecture, the many items on display or the (multilingual) stories told through a guided tour or audio tour, a ’talking’ lantern at Castle Hernen, or an app for your phone. There is much to see, do, drink and eat - and everything is suitable for all ages. Kids can have a field day with full-day
programmes that are catered specifically to the little ones.
Go questing at Manor Verwolde or explore the wall walks of Castle Hernen.
There is much to choose from. The castles and manors span a wide range of time and host numerous activities; from the robust, well-preserved 14th century Castle Ammersoyen where actors enacted a weekend in the Middle Ages to an audience of 3,500 people, to Manor Zypendaal with its beautiful, ornate 18th century interior where weddings are held. The 14th century Castle Cannenburch is Gelderland’s answer to Hogwarts, bearing many hidden staircases and paintings that come to life.
Paying a visit to one of GLK’s castles, manors and landscapes is not only a fun activity: by contributing to the cause, you make the upkeep of the buildings and the estates surrounding them possible. Those landscapes are also a perfect fit for hiking and biking trips. Want to know more? The GLK has websites with German information at www.glk.nl/schlosser and in English at www.glk.nl/castles
Really want to unwind with landscapes in the vicinity? Pay a visit to the 17th century, richly decorated Castle Doorwerth, where you can enjoy a kitchen garden and an apiary. For truly beautiful pieces of architecture, check out Castle Rosendael with its stunning donjon, library and trick fountains in Rosendael’s beautiful park. Issue 38 | February 2017 | 23
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