New adventure time! CASTLE HOSENBROEK!
Only about 15 minute drive or so from the Germany border, this castle is a phenomenal and educational for all ages! Hosenbroek castle is one of the largest castles in the Netherlands. T+his castle dates back to the 14th century and is very historic attraction. I decided to go tour this castle because I had nothing planned and I had time to kill, so why not? All in all it took me about an hour to an hour to walk through the castle (with reading every detail about each room in the booklet). If you have everyI will fair been to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, the tour is very similar to that. I went around noon on a Saturday and the castle was just about empty, so it was pretty great to be in all the rooms by myself.
When I first got there and I paid the 9,50 for my ticket and the 2,50 for the guide booklet (which you can get in English). Let me just say that is not a bad price with everything you get to see throughout the castle. The castle has a little cafe and a restaurant so you are all set for all your food and beverage needs. They also host events here so if you are planning to go, I would make sure there are no events going on.
The entire tour starts with the oldest parts of the castle and works it way to the newest parts. So, I started in the medieval turret. Built in the mid- 1300’s the turret encompasses the dungeon, the brick room, and the old turret room. This is probably one of the safest places in the entire castle because it’s walls are three meters thick and the dungeon door is ten centimeters thick. I explored from the dungeon to the very top of the turret. I will fair warn you the stairs and ladders are very narrow but the brick spiral staircase has a red, yellow and green light on each end to make sure you don’t run into someone of the stairs (this is extremely helpful). Please take note too that people where shorter back then so watch your head!
So after the turret, I ventured to the 17th century wing. This century was when the Lords of the castle did a major rebuild. The only real construction that took place prior to this century was an extension on the tower. Now the 17th century wing is probably one of the largest sections and definitely took me the longest to get through. The guide helps you through this wing by informing you of the inventory that was in each room during the 1600’s. The inventory’s we usually written up after a burglary or a death. I ventured though the gallery and the hall to one of the attics. The larger attic, the space in this room was amazing. I would love an attic this size. This attic is above the servant’s gallery. I walked through the great hall, the largest room in the castle and was probably used as a dining room at the time. This room has two servant doors (one for serving from the kitchen and one for beverage service). Something fascinating about this room is that it has ‘vomiting hole’ because people believed that a person should eat until they were over filled causing them to get rid of some of the excess food. It’s kinda gross if you think about it. After this room I ventured to a room that is known as “the secret room” which has an interesting story that follows it. The legend states the Bishop Philip Damien hid in this room during the French revolution and was never found because he out smarted the French troops. This was my favorite room of the castle. Then I ventured to the chapel and then to the 18th century wing.
The 18th century wing only encompasses about only about five rooms. Starting with the large stairway, I continued to the hall, the room next to the hall, the dining hall, and the study. Some interesting things to take note of in this wing is that in the dining hall and the study there on paintings on the ceilings. The one in the dining hall is of the goddess Venus, the goddess of love and fortune. The one in the study is of the goddess Diana, who is depicted as the goddess of hunting. These are beautiful paintings and have been kept intact since the 1700’s.
After I finished walking through all the rooms, I observed the Garden room from a far (because guests can not go in there). There are also three inner courts to walk through and get amazing views of the outside of the castle. Hoensbroek castle is a fantastic place to observe and explore. I will probably be going back again soon.
Would you add this to a list of sights to see in Limburg? Do you like to castles and the history that it entails? Let me know in the comments below.
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