Castle Rozendaal looked rather modernised from the outside. Unfortunately it was closed. But the weather made it a great opportunity for a nice shot though.
Centre of attention in Rozendaal, is the castle of Rozendael. Here one can step in past times and learn about little details that the tourguide tells. All questions will be answered in the time it takes to do that properly. Highlight is the biljart-room, with it's celestial roofwindow high in the top. The "donjon", (main tower), is of amazing strength. Three meter thick walls on either side prevent anyone from entering or ... getting out. It was the prisontower of the second castle that was build on this place. Now, the tower is a significant part of the main building, reflecting itself in the water of the surrounding pond.
In the frontgardens of the castle one restored the former "Oranjerie" and made it to a teahouse. Looking over the perfectly kept gardens one can enjoy a tastefull cup after a walk through the "Bedriegertjes" (= little guys who trick you).
An "Oranjerie" used to be the greenhouse of a mansion. Here - in wintertime - the special plants were kept, so they could be put in the gardens again in summertime. The word comes from the most popular tropical plant that was overwintering here, the Orange-tree.
Favorite Dish: Order together with the tea a piece of applepie with cream. Hmmm, delicious!
As for the hunting traditions around the castle of Rosendael, a traditional "wild-restaurant" (wild = wild animals, like hare, rabbit, deer, bore, fazant etc.) is a must in this environment. Next to the Residence Rosendael, you find the Hunting Lodge. Besides a fine place to stay, also a great place to dine.
Favorite Dish: I myself am definately not that crazy about eating wild animals, as the amount of wildlife in the overpopulated Netherlands is already undr constant pressure, though rabbit or fazant ... is once and a while quite tasty.
The castle is the summit of a visit to Rozendaal. Together with it's beautiful gardens it is the number one attraction here. Further one can drive towards the natural park of the Posbank, but this area is actually belonging to the neighboring village of Rheden (see also my page about this place). In Rozendaal itself there are however wonderful houses to be seen. In a green setting of pretty gardens around them, they show that the people living here are by far to be called poor.
Okay, the name is wonderful, but ... don't get started on the wrong foot. It's not that here on every corner there are wild roses growing. Against all walls the roses climb and all flowersbeds are filled with them. The name comes from medieval times. Now it's especially famous because it's the West-entry to the "Posbank", a amazing hilly landscape full of heatherfields (see my Rheden-page).
Rozendaal however is by far the best (and most expensive) place to live around Arnhem and is even in the top three in The Netherlands (next to Bloemendaal and Wassenaar). Houses are here on average big (and pricy) and have often a wide garden around it. All must be seen in Dutch standards by the way).
Fondest memory: Visiting the castle and it's gardens with Irina and Anya. Ilja was in Ira's womb, waiting for the right moment to get into our lives.