"Home of my Ancestors!" Batenburg by Roeffie

Batenburg Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 8 photos

My fathers's Birthtown. It's just a little town with 700 or 800 inhabitants. My grandfather was a what they call in Holland " Wethouder" here. A little park near the castle is named after him. Nothing really important but still it is a sign for what he did for the community here.

This very little town has a great history with it's own castle. Unfortunately it nowadays is nothing more than a ruin, but still very interesting to see.

In early days Batenburg was allowed to make their own coins. It had city rights and therefor is a real city.

There are still several old buildings and things in the town.

And if you are visiting, take a walk through this lovely town.

Most important event " De Batenburgse Dag" is kept on the last sunday of the month July. On this day there is an Antiques Market, lots of eating and drinking stands. All kinds of old skills are shown to the public, like the making of wooden shoes and so on.

The only thing left of the castle is its impressive ru?n. For centuries it was the most powerful castle of Gelre and the inhabitants of it, the Lords of Bronkhorst, considered themselves equal to the dukes of Gelre. They played an important role in realisation of this region. They went on crusades and were involved in many wars. The castle an the little town were therefor destroyed several times and all four of the sons of Herman van Bronkhorst, raised on this castle were killed in the war against Spain. Two of them were decapitated by the duke of Alva in Brussels, just a few days for the same thing happened to the counts Egmond and Hoorne.
In 1701 the castle came in possession of the F?rst of Bentheim. In fall of 1794 the castle was put on fire by the French occunpants.
From that time on the castle remained a ru?n.

Next to the ruin, there are several sights to see like:

Die Munte -an old house int he Grootestraat where they just to make the original money of Batenburg.
Kasteel Batenburg- although much of the castle is ruined, it still is a beautiful place to visit.
Protestant Church- A little church built in the 14th century and still beautiful to see especially the intererior, but be prepared it is not allways open.
Eendenkooi- Not far from Batenburg, there is a so called "Eendenkooi" where you can see how they catch ducks, a very old profession in the parts of our country.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small and not much to do!
  • Cons:Small and not much to do!
  • In a nutshell:Nice quiet place for history lovers!
  • Intro Written May 4, 2003
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  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2003 at 8:29 PM

    How special to have a park named after your grandfather even if its not much now. A nice little town. De Batenburgse Dag sounds a fun time to visit.


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