Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
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Echteld – Wyenburg Castle

Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle

Wijenburg was an important castle in the Duchy of Guelders and the Lords of Echteld who lived in the castle enjoyed great prestige until there was a disagreement between the Duke of Guelders  and Lord Otto van Wijhe in 1492. At the beginning of the 20th century, the castle was saved from demolition by Baron Van Verschuer and restored by Stichting Geldersche Kasteelen national heritage foundation.

Construction and expansion
The history of Wijenburg Castle dates back to the 12th century, when a fortified tower was built and the castle has been extended further and further over time. For centuries, the castle was occupied by the extensive and influential Van Wijhe family. By around 1400, the castle had grown into one of the most important political centres in the Duchy of Guelders. Duchess Catharina, the wife of Duke Willem van Gulik, was even godmother to one of the descendants of the Van Wijhe family.

Otto van Wijhe
In 1492,Otto van Wijhe had a disagreement with the newly-appointed Duke, Charles of Guelders, after he had sided with Charles’ arch-enemy, the House of Burgundy. Otto was taken prisoner and even tortured his castle was set on fire, the moat was filled in and he was deprived of his most important noble rights. His grandson, Otto, managed to redeem the family’s name to some extent: he studied law and became Lord of Echteld in 1568. As if by a miracle, one of his diaries has been preserved along with two friendship books. These give us a fascinating insight into life in a 16th-century castle.

Wedding location
The castle remained in the Van Wijhe family (by marriage) for many years. In 1928, the two elderly ladies Anna and Wil van Balveren sold the castle to their nephew, B.F. Baron van Verschuer. In 1956, the Baron handed the castle over to Stichting Geldersche Kasteelennational heritage foundation, which carefully renovated the by-then dilapidated castle and restored it to its former glory. The castle is now known as one of the most popular wedding locations in Gelderland.

Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle
Echteld – Wyenburg Castle

Kasteel Wijenberg

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