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 anymoremore
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 hAdmission: 5 euro, kids 2 euromore
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.more
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.more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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...more
Marktstraat 14, Ravenstein, 5371 AD, nl
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In Ravenstein itself there's only one way of transport that realy makes sense, and that would be your feet. But it's also a great place to start a bicycle tour along the nearby villages. Just ride towards Neerlangel and follow the road on the dykes. You'll soon find yourself in other picturesque places. Some great views, some wonderful churches....more
Ravenstein is a very small town, yet in it's days centuries ago, quite important in it's direct environment. As castle/fortress on the borderarea between two large dukedoms (Gelderland and Brabant) it regularly forfilled it's function as refuge for the farmers and common people that lived in it's environment. The fortressshape is still quiet...more
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The weekend app. 10 days before Christmas brings a very special in Ravenstein. In the town centre people dress up with oldfashioned clothing, guildes are working out their professions, there are little choirs singing on the corners of the alleys and streets and ... in the evening the modern electricity is turned off (in the centre) and thousands and thousands of candlelights aluminate the town in a romantic, fairytale-like atmosphere. at the blacksmith, the fire blazes high when he demonstrates the making of chandeleers. The windmills sails turn like ghosts around making a soft wooshing sound each passing. The "pastorie" (vickers house) is another middlepoint of attention as it's garden is alluminated with a million little candles placed on every 10 cm2. Finally there are many places where you can get hot chocolat, "gluehwein", "jaegertea", Christmascookies, "poffertjes" and on the market ... one finds the strangest Christmas-decorations imaginable.
Ravenstein in itself is a not so frequently visited place by foreign tourists and even many Dutch visitors in the environment forget it's hidden beauty. The more busy it is with Ravenstein's special Christmas-night, when the town's centre is only aluminated by candlelight. A romantic and wonderful experience that brings back the good old days.
The towns situation along the river Maas invites to include it in a bikingtour in this region of the Dutch riverlands. Cycling along the dikes and enjoying the view, it is immediately on the route.
The Saint Lucia-church and former monastry are of a very strange architectural form (within the styles that are common in The Netherlands. From various sides the church seems to differ completely. One time the to towers still out into the sky, while other views hide one or even two from sight and leave the dome of the main-building in the eye. The interior of the church is then sober and then again richely decorated with statues and artworks. The "pastorie" has a backyard that stretches widely behind the buildings and is in between the St Lucia and "Eendracht" (the majestic Ravenstein windmill).
Fondest memory: The candle-light Christmas in Ravenstein (see local customs).