The castle of Doornenburg dates back to the 9th century and is with that the oldest remaining castle in The Netherlands. It is a typical castle, surrounded by a canal and a bridge that can be lifted in case of an attack. The first part of the complex is a square surrounded by a defencewall, but also holding a large barn, a little pub, a farmhouse and the castles chaple. Then, surrounded by an extra canal, the main castle can only be reached by a long narrow bridge that also can be lifted. In this - so called "Donjon" the castlelord lived and ruled over the surrounding lands.
On the dike approximately at the furtherst point from my house (so halfway) is a nice restaurant that has an excellent menucard. It's situation at the dike and looking over the river Lower Rhine is ideal to fall down on a cosy terrace-chair and refresh yourself with an icetea or beverage. Fish is their speciality, so a nice shrimpcocktail or salmontrancee can as well be ordered. However, again, what's more Dutch then to take a tasty pancake with sirop?
As already told, Doorneneburg is situated there where the Rhine splits for the first time and so one can reach this village by boat on two sides. However, one first must have a boat - of course.
Traditionaly (and weatherpermitting) I prefer to go to here by bike and over the dikes.
The satelite-picture in this tip shows the splitting of the river Rhine and in it's fork the village of Doornenburg. The big purple (town) in the left-lower-corner is Nijmegen and more following the river North appears the outskirts of my town: Arnhem
Like in Limburg and parts of Noord Brabant, in the riverlands (as well as some other parts of gelderland) there are still "Archers-guilds". These professional groups of archers - now-a-days not anymore with bow and arrow, but with gun - traditionally have once a year a shooting-festival, which is attracting many people. Game is to shoot a "rooster" from a high pole or sometimes the highest wing of a windmill. All is done in traditional clothing and afterwards there's a banquet for the "archers". In Doornenburg this tradition is also still done.
As I told before, in the corner of the riverlands where Doornenburg is situated, the Rhine devides in the Waal and the Lower Rhine. This point was of great strategic importance and soon some fortresses were built to control both rivers. One can reach the old bunkers and fortress when going to the outer point of the riverlands (a small dike that leads away from the restaurant mentioned on this page). Here you have a great view over the Rhine towards Germany and will see the water split into Waal and Lower Rhine.
Situated in the corner of the riverlands and having the special attractions of a ferry, a cosy villagecore, wonderful fields with farmhouses and - of course - the castle, is for me the reason to always take visitors there (preferably by bike) and show them what The Netherlands is all about. The dikes are giving a wonderful view over the landscape and the speed that biking has, is perfect for looking around and taking in the scenery.
Fondest memory: Bringing Irina & Anya & Natalya Sergjevna, Zjanna & Tanya & Stephania, Harriëtte, Volker & Edith, Regina and many more to this place and seeing them enjoy a part of my little corner of the world.
It is a big castle
Fondest memory: IT IS THE HOUSE OF FLORIS A FIGURE IN A POPULAR TV SHOW