An impressive example of a medieval building is undoubtedly Doorwerth Castle, laying outside a village with the same name. The house was build around 1260 as a hall building. The big tower was build in the middle of the fifteenth century. Once the tower was pulled down, but rebuild in 1840. The north-wing arose in 1500 and in 1560 the main building was complete. The outbuildings are from 1637. At the end of the nineteenth century the building became a victim of decay. A restoration was done at the beginning of the twentieth century, but during World War II the house became severely damaged, because it lay in the line of fire. The restoration started in 1947 and was finished in 1986. Now it contains three museums.
Doorwerth Castle, a beautiful building in a beautiful landscape.
A lot of ghosts haunt the castle: the ghost of a father who cast off his daughter, and locked her up in one of the dungeons; the shade of one of the castellans, who killed his friend because he wanted his wife for his own; the unhappy ghost of a servant, who stole silver and had to die of starvation; there haunts a poltergeist and lots more. At night the ghost of a witch, in a carriage pulled by headless horses, rides the roads outside the castle.
The Acacia-tree at the castle-yard is over sixhundred years old.
This photo has been taken with an infrared camera; left of the cupboard you can see the shape of a man.