From the three historical city-gates there are still two left. The "Maaspoort" is a medival gate, where in the 18th and 19th century the doctor had his practice.
The "Kasteelsepoort" was the entrance to the castle and was a part of the later adjustment of the works of defence.
The third gate, the "landpoort", does not exist anymore
The only museum in the Netherlands and the biggest of Europe for flatglass and enamel art.
The museum has a permanent collection and there are changing expositions.
Open: Sa and Su from 11-17 h
From 1 May untill 1 October also: Tu - Fr from 13-17 h
Admission: 5 euro, kids 2 euro
The centre of the small town, surrounded by moats, looks almost the same as a few ages ago. This picturesque citycentre has small streets with beautiful houses, but paved with hard-to-handle pavingstones.
Inside windmill "De Nijverheid" you will find the tourist infocentre.
One of the two remaining city gates is called Maaspoort.
The winning combination of the Ravensteinse lottery was declared here at the top right window!
The earnings of the lottery was used to finance the building of the Lucia Church.
Today Ravenstein is part of Oss a bigger town of over 50,000 inhabitants. Until January 1st 2004 Ravenstein used this City Hall for the purpose it was once built for. Now they have to find a new use of it!
This house nowadays functions as a café. It was originally built in the 17th century.
The house was owned by L.L. van Duren, secretary of the Landcouncil and "Hofraad" of Gulik and Berg.
I have no clue what this meant being a Hofraad, so I promise you to look into it and I'll come back to you with a satisfying answer.
A short walk from Ravenstein is Neerlangel, a very small village of ca. 70 people, which however does have its own church. The St. Janskerk is a tiny neo-Gothic church from 1869. It replaced a medieval church of which the 11th-century Romanesque tower remains, albeit heightened with one storey. This tower is the oldest in the province of Noord-Brabant. The church is used for only one service each year but is often open for prayer.
De Nijverheid ('the industry') is a tall windmill built on one of the bastions of the former fortifications. The mill processes bearded wheat (Dutch: spelt), of which bread is made and sold by several bakeries in the town. If you like to make your own bread you can buy some flour here too.
Ravenstein's autonomy made it one of only a few areas in the Netherlands were Roman Catholicism was not prohibited. The St. Luciakerk is a church in southern-German Baroque style, built in 1735. As Baroque was a very catholic style only few such churches were built in The Netherlands, all of the others being in the south of the province of Limburg.
Deursen and Dennenburg today form a single village. Deursen's location in the autonomous Land van Ravenstein guaranteed religious freedom to the catholics. This small octagonal chapel, named H.H. Antonius en Rochuskapel and built in 1745-1747, attracted many pilgrims from outside the region.
Another village that used to be part of the Land van Ravenstein is Dennenburg, where you'' find this old church, consisting of both Romanesque and Gothic parts. The oldest part is the 11th-century nave. The tower dates from the 13th century, although it was heightened and covered with new bricks in the early 16th century. In that period also a Gothic choir was added, while the nave was heightened and given Gothic-style windows. The building is now used as a pottery.
The only part of the castle complex that has survived is this gate, the Kasteelse Poort, which gave access to a courtyard just outside the actual castle. The oldest parts of the gate date from the 1520's, in the 17th and 18th centuries it became part of a house. The castle itself was torn down in the 19th century, and even its foundations were destroyed completely to make the Ravensteiners clear that their freedom was over.
The reformed church dates from the period when the Republic was allowed to station a garrison in the town. The church, designed by Derick Bijl and built in 1641, was originally the garrison church. Note that the church, although not Gothic, was designed in the Gothic tradition.
High above the buildings, incl. the Saint Lucia-towers, turn the sails of the Ravenstein Windmill "Eendracht". Built on a small hill and higher then the average windmill, it takes wind easy and fully. The mill can be visited, but ask the local VVV when it's working, so the mechanism can be seen in motion and the grane is grinded like in old times.
This Lucia Church was financed by a lottery held here from 1729 to 1783!
The winning combination was made public at the "Maaspoort".