Loevestein Castle

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Loevestein Castle
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11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 17:00
Saturday
11:00 - 17:00
Sunday
11:00 - 17:00
About
In 1361, a knight called Diederic Loef of Horne built a castle in the middle of the Dutch countryside where the Meuse and Waal rivers converged. At the time, this was a perfect location for levying tolls. Today, it’s the ideal spot for a day out with friends and family. You can also use the castle as a venue for your parties or conventions, or even as a place to spend the night. There’s something there for everyone, be it in the castle, on the outer bailey or in the garrison. In the museum, you can learn virtually everything there is to know about Hugo Grotius, the Middle Ages and the Hollandic Water Line. Learn about weapons and gunpowder, or get your feet wet battling high water in the cellars! Everyone gets a key to discover everything they could ever want to know about the castle. Find out for yourself!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Dewijdewereld
Amsterdam, The Netherlands152 contributions
One learns near to nothing about history
Aug 2021 • Couples
I do not know whether there is less information because of the Covid situation but if you advertise an exhibiton about 400 years of the escape of Hugo de Groot you would expect a well curated exhibition. There is more information on the Wikipedia page. And no English texts or subtitles. The objects in the rooms that are supposed to give us an idea of castle life are hideous and do not look authentic. Staff at the restaurant is friendly but the organisation of the flow is as amateuristic as you can get. I think the management of this monument has no clue.
Written 8 August 2021
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CJ.Breda
2 contributions
Good experience
Aug 2020
The castle is very interesting. However, if you do not book in the advance via internet, then staff will ask you to return (instead of giving instructions). We fixed it by booking online after first attempt.
We went by water bus. It is recommended to check and have the schedule in advance from riveer.nl or from boat personnel. We had to ask around to know about the right time. For a rainy day, this might be trick since the area does not have any big waiting lounge.
Written 1 August 2020
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19,832 contributions
Camper parking possible - or arrive by ferry!
Jul 2020
On the big parking lot 10 minutes walking from the castle, camper parking is possible. Makes this an attractive stop on a camper holiday! Or alternatively, in the tourist season you can arrive by river ferry from Gorinchem or Woudrichem (pronounce: Gorkum or Workum). The ancient castle itself is located on the strategic point where the rivers Maas and Waal merge to become the Merwede. It is most famous for the spectacular escape by the political prisoner Hugo Grotius in 1621 in a book chest. Attractive displays about this and other medieval things are available in the castle. There is a cafetaria as well which provides a reasonable lunch and good coffee indoor or outdoor.

How many pandemics has this castle lived through?
Written 17 July 2020
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Iryna
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine689 contributions
Nice castle to visit
Oct 2019 • Couples
What is interesting about this castle is that you can watch actors playing in medieval costumes. We came there during autumn vacations. That's why they had spectacular shows for children. And this makes the castle live. Recommended for those in love with medieval architecture.
Written 20 October 2019
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MARCZELA
Dundee, UK66 contributions
Beautiful place
May 2019 • Friends
Place which was like jail
Nice time
Amazing view
Castle close to jail
Funny way to the castle
Very impotrant place
Written 15 September 2019
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stevenl
Phuket, Thailand6,960 contributions
Nice for people interested in history
Jul 2019 • Family
We went there by boat, but the timing of the boats is difficult to obtain. A surprise to us (and others we spoke to) how badly transport here is organised, even though it is by far the biggest attraction in the area. The boat ride over from Gorinchem was really nice, also due ti nice and sunny weather.

The castle is really nice and well maintained, and there are some things to do but it is not well thought out, especially for kids. The shooting doesn't give any feedback, the waterworks are not explained. For people really interested in history who take the time and go over all information provided it can be very interesting, for kids, missing the patience to read through all, it is lacking.
The setup needs a modernisation.
Written 28 July 2019
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Rutger V
Voorburg, The Netherlands31 contributions
One of the best preserved castles in the Netherlands
Jun 2019 • Family

On the edge of a 3-province point or Tri-state as one would say in the US, (Gelderland, Brabant and South Holland) sits one of the best preserved medieval castles in The Netherlands. This was part of the Fortress Holland which was protected from here by the Water Line (waterlinie). In case of an invasion, Holland (not the country which is The Netherlands, but the 2 most populated and by far richest provinces, North and South Holland) would be protected by breaking the dykes and thus creating a moat many miles wide protecting the 'Fortress' Holland.

Loevestein is also the castle which played an important role in the Dutch Republics era. It is where Hugo de Groot was imprisoned. This famous authority on Law read so many books whilst incarcerated at this castle that regular new supplies of books had to be carried into the castle in a giant wooden chest. Hugo de Groot managed a spectacular escape in such a chest, fooling the guards.

An absolute must, this castle, for any and all museum lovers and especially those who like castles, medieval folklore and true history! It also sits smack in the middle of an ancient river landscape on the edge of the Waal River. Beautiful vistas of a marshy river landscape where wild horses roam outside the castle grounds. The Netherlands at its prettiest!

Oh, and one more tip! Just a 15 minutes drive down the road is a small village called Andel. Drive along the Dyke Road from Andel to the next village of Veen where you will find a windmill along the dyke, just as you enter Veen. A windmill, I hear you thinking, that's nothing special in Holland?! Well, this one, windmill De Hoop, is, as it is one of the few still fully operational Mills. So, if you want to see one in action, go there! Open every Saturday from 10am until 6pm and on other days when the 'wieken' turn. Nice end of a perfect day!
Written 4 June 2019
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Marco
Nijmegen, The Netherlands62 contributions
Personeelsuitje
Oct 2018 • Business
I've visites this building with collegues,as a teambuilding activity. Nu entering the gate you will hear horses feet clipclapping. You will review a key which you neef tot enter the vesting. After that, you van choose tour own route . On certain timeslots a guide Will tell a story about the history of the Dutch duke. Hou van join in the experience by changing clothes. Good Activity.
Written 5 October 2018
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NoaJaffa
Jaffa, Israel54 contributions
Beautiful nature around an old castle
Sep 2018 • Family
Our visit to the castle wasn't planned, we were driving around and drove there.
sadly the castle itself was closed for visitors, yet we bumped into a small party there and preparation for a reenactment of a battle which was funny.
What struck me most was the beautiful nature surrounding the castle. It possible to use the white bikes provided by the park and take a tour in the nature watch the birds and wild horses roaming the reservoir.
Written 30 September 2018
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AnnKzn
Howick, South Africa505 contributions
Well run historic site
May 2018 • Couples
Fine example of a medieval castle. Fun day outing for families with children, lots of activities to keep them interested and teach them some history. The start area for the adults has a hall which has a well laid out information area. The castle is interesting and easy to get around. The key you receive unlocks areas and also information as you go, a rather fun idea. I would definitely recommend visiting this castle.
Written 11 May 2018
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