Castle Hernen is build round 1400 as a fortified house, which is expanded over the years. Due to a heavy storm the round tower has been collapsed. There has never been a fight to capture the castle, so the building still looks like it did in the middle ages. Special things to mention are a round prison with such an acoustics that the prisoner would go crazy when he spook.
The covered pace is unique for the Netherlands.
Open: from 1 April till 31 October on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 13.00 - 17.00 h
in June, July and August also on Sunday
Only guided tours
Entrance fee: adults 3,50 euro
children 2,00 euro
You can find Hernen Castle in the little village of Hernen, which is west from Nijmegen.
Opening times :
15th April until 1st November 10 o'clock until 12 and 2 o'clock until 5.
It is a guided tour and the last one is at 4 o'clock.
I visited Hernen Castle in September 2001and I enjoyed my visit to this castle a lot. It is so old and still in its original state. There is no furniture at all in this castle though, but the architecture and still being in its orinal state is what makes it special.
A bathroom 15th century style :-) It is on the outside of the castle and it is nothing more than a hole in the floor. This parts of the castle hangs over the moat, so no flush toilet was needed. Simple but effective :-)
Hernen Castle is a castle with a moat around it, dating back to the 14th century. Because this castle was hardly used since the 17th century it hasn't been changed at all since those days. It is quite an extra-ordinary castle in the Netherlands, because it has some unique architecture. It is one of the important examples of defendable houses in the Netherlands.
The village of Leur lies between Wijchen and Hernen and is the smallest village in the wide area. A church, a manor house, a few farms and a nice restaurant are form the village.
There are no shops, only a farm shop near the estate entrance where they sell all kinds of biological grown food products.
Another castle or Manor house if you wish is not far from here, maybe about 2 or 3 km.
Leur is an even smaller village then Hernen. It has a little church and a Manor house. Next to the entrance of the estate you'll find a little shop, where homemade meat, fruit, marmelades etc is sold.
The estate is a pallet of meadows and forestlands.
This impressive Castle still has its medieval character. The house was already mentioned in 1369 and since that year all the things happened to or with the castle was written down. About 1400 it was inhabited by Herman van Meeckeren and shortly after that the family van Wijhe inherited the castle. They owned the castle until 1646.
In the early periods the castle was surrounded by a canal and there was a maingate with a large cubical tower, a so called "donjon". Because of the fact the castle was inhabited by supervisors for centuries, nothing has changed since medieval times. It still has a folterroom, a kitchen with oven etc. and also a space, that served as a hide-out for the catholics. The castle is now owned by a foundation "Friends of the Castles of Gelderland".
The wooden structure in one of the towers. Can you imagine, this is wood from the 15th century and it is still here!