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Huis Bergh Castle

Huis Bergh



Location: 's-Heerenberg, Province of Gelderland  Map

Constructed: 13th century by Lord Van den Bergh

Open: May- Dec: 12:30pm- 4:30pm Tue- Sun


Info: Hof Van Bergh 8

Tel. 0314- 661281




History of Huis Bergh Castle

Huis Bergh is a medieval castle situated in a town of 's-Heerenberg in the Province of Gelderland in Netherlands. It was constructed in 1240 by Lord Van den Bergh. In the 16th century Huis Bergh underwent major restoration under orders of Count Willem IV ven den Bergh. But during the Dutch Revolt he sided with the his brother- in- law, Prince William of Orange. This alliance forced him to leave his native land for Germany and loose his possessions including his residence. Huis Bergh castle was badly damaged during sieges during the Dutch Revolt in 1568–1648. In 1735 it was completely burned down and left abandoned. Briefly it served as a seminary, but bad condition of the structure forced its transference to another building. Only in 1912 it was bought by businessman Jan Herman van Heek who began reconstruction of the citadel and archaeological digs that revealed older structures of the fortress. Today Kasteel Huis Bergh is open to the public. It features collection of Dutch paintings as well as a collection of medieval handwritings.






The building history of the castle dates back to the year 1250. Parts of the house date from the 14th, 15th and 17th centuries. In the early stages of the Eighty Years' War, House Bergh suffered greatly from war violence. In 1735 the whole burned out. During the Dutch Mission between the years 1799 and 1842 a seminar was established in Huis Bergh. In 1912 the castle and all its belongings came into the possession of Jan Herman van Heek, an industrialist from Enschede. In 1939 a large part of the house was destroyed by fire for the second time. Thanks to the help of the local population, much of the inventory could be saved. Reconstruction began in the same year and could already be completed in the fall of 1941.

Art collection
A lot of early Italian painting can be seen in Huis Bergh. A very special work is a panel (the archangel Gabriel) from the world famous Maestà of Duccio. The painting was added to the castle's collection in the 19th century. There are also a number of works from the school of Jheronimus Bosch in the collection, including a Wedding from Cana. Huis Bergh also houses an exceptional collection of medieval manuscripts. The basis of the collection was laid by the purchase by the aforementioned Jan Herman van Heek of the F.W Collection. Mengelberg in 1919.

Other facts
Concerts are regularly given in the castle garden and in the lobby.
The Boetselaersborg, a castle near Huis Bergh, belongs to the castle's possessions.
Just to the west of Huis Bergh is the De Plantage park forest.
In 2016, the garden (sometimes referred to as the 'oldest garden in the Netherlands') was brought back to the state of 1727.
Accommodation has been possible at the castle since 2018; in the round tower and in the flat tower you can experience what it's like to sleep at a castle





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