"Castle Nieuwenbroeck, white gem" Beesel Things to Do Tip by vtveen

Beesel Things to Do: 2 reviews and 8 photos

  Castle Nieuwenbroeck
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  • Castle Nieuwenbroeck - Beesel
      Castle Nieuwenbroeck
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  • Castle Nieuwenbroeck - entrance gate - Beesel
      Castle Nieuwenbroeck - entrance gate
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  • Castle Nieuwenbroeck - main building - Beesel
      Castle Nieuwenbroeck - main building
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  • Castle Nieuwenbroeck - inner court - Beesel
      Castle Nieuwenbroeck - inner court
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  • Castle Nieuwenbroeck - chapel - Beesel
      Castle Nieuwenbroeck - chapel
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Castle Nieuwenbroeck was built around 1560 by Johan van Holthuysen after his marriage to Helwig Holtmeulen, heiress of the local lord. The oldest part of the complex - surrounded by a moat - comprises an L-shaped house with stepped gables and renaissance window frames. The detached leaf shaped entrance pavilion has a tower in the middle; above the gate is a pediment with a carved coat of arms.
The castle owes its present appearance partly to alterations in the 18th century; rather recently in 2005 the buildings were restored again. The castle is still inhabited by a private family.

When staying/visiting Beesel you may not miss Castle Nieuwenbroeck: the main sight in the village. Located very close to the center of the town (and our hotel) we could walk to the castle. At the beginning of the drive way to the castle stands a small white chapel. This chapel belongs also to the castle and was built by one of the owners, most probably because his only daughter became a nun.

From this point we could already se the castle itself and the entrance buildings, all surrounded by a moat. Castle and buildings are white painted and stand out in the green scenery. The castle itself - still inhabited - can not be visited, but there is a sign telling visitors are allowed to take a look at the inner court, if they do respect the privacy of the inhabitants.
We crossed the permanent stone bridge and walked through the entrance gate with its beautiful coat of arms. On the inner court we had a nice view of the main building with its stepped gables and the surrounding lower buildings. It looked if they were transformed in a couple of (holiday)homes.

We returned to the main road and walked around the castle along some woody paths; on some points we could catch a glimpse of the gardens and the front of the castle. This (additional) walk took about 30 minutes and is worth to do.

The following websites - just in Dutch - do have a lot of additional information.

Address: Kasteel Nieuwenbroeck, Beesel
Directions: Castle Nieuwenbroeck is signposted from the Markt (the central square) in Beesel.
It is a 2 minutes walk.

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  • Updated Oct 14, 2010
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