Welcome at Amerongen Castle!

Amerongen Castle is one of the great Dutch houses from the 17th century. The house, garden and furnishings form a unit seldom seen in the Netherlands. Amerongen Castle has a rich family-history, going back 700 years. The owners played an important part in the national and European history.

Godard Adriaan van Reede (1621-1691) held a key-position in the insurrection against the French supremacy. As a retribution the house was burnt down by the French in 1673, but rebuilt by his wife Margaretha Turnor. The German Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) lived at Amerongen Castle for 18 months and signed his abdication here in 1918. The desk at which this happened is still part of the Amerongen collection. The house, surrounded by historical gardens, is situated in the picturesque village of Amerongen at the foot of the Utrecht Hills.

Amerongen Castle is vibrant with activities, such as (theme)tours, seasonal festivities, concerts, exhibitions and children’s activities. Visit and experience its history! An unmissable example of the Dutch Heritage.

The English Connection

Over the centuries Amerongen has had a close relationship with England, starting in 1690 when Godard van Reede a.k.a “de Ginkel” (1644-1703) won the Battle of the Boyne as commander-in-chief of King William III ’s troops .He became the 1rst Earl of Athlone.

In 1795, when the French invaded this country ,Frederik Christiaan van Reede, the 5th Earl of Athlone ,fled to England together with his friend and Stadtholder Willem V and many other noblemen. He then took the seat he was entitled to in the House of Lords. During the 19th century his sons and their descendants lived in England and visited Amerongen only occasionally.

After the -childless- death of the 9th Earl of Athlone the last , female, owner left the house in 1879 to her godson Count van Aldenburg Bentinck, who had his education in England and hired a British nanny to raise his children and grandchildren in the same spirit!

Visitor information

Opening times
1 April -31 October
Tuesdays –Sundays , 11.00-17.00 , closed on Mondays

1 November-31 March
Thursdays-Sundays , 11.30-16.00 , closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Guided tours
The castle can only be visited by means of a guided tour. During opening hours there are tours at
11.30 [1] , 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00 [2]

[1] only from 1 May to 30 September
[2] only from 1 April to 31 October

Tours are in Dutch, but you get an English translation for every room.

On the 3rd Sunday of the month (April-October) there are no tours: you can walk around at your own pace .

For group reservations send an e-mail to: rondleidingen@kasteel-amerongen.nl

Admission prices (castle and gardens)
Adults € 12,00
Children 5-18 € 6,-
Children under 5 free
Gardens only € 4,00

For refreshments you ‘ll find the Bentinck restaurant in the grounds

The Castle is not accessible for the disabled. The garden and restaurant are.

How to get here
Public transport: bus 50 (Utrecht- Wageningen) Stop: Amerongen Dorp, 10 minutes’ walk
Car park: opposite the castle gate (Margaretha Turnor Plein)

Contact us
Kasteel Amerongen ,
Drostestraat 20
3958 BK Amerongen
The Netherlands
Tel.+31 343 563 766

Help, the Kaiser is coming ! (3 June-2 december 2018)

A new tour and exhibition
This year it’s a hundred years ago that on 11 November 1918 the Armistice put an end to the Great War. On that same day Kaiser Wilhelm, who had taken refuge in the Netherlands, arrived at Amerongen Castle. At the request of the Dutch government Count van Aldenburg Bentinck accomodated him. Initially Wilhelm was to stay for 3 days, but eventually his stay lasted 18 months. In 2018 Amerongen Castle commemorates this historic period at length. From 3 June 2018 “Help, the Kaiser is coming “ takes the visitor back to the turbulent time of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II ’s stay.

Residents of Amerongen Castle
Daily life at Amerongen Castle was highly determined by the Kaiser’s presence. After his arrival the Castle grounds were firmly shut to the outside world. The press, the kidnap attempts and the many threatening letters caused a lot of tension within the Castle’s walls. Thus the residents were unexpectedly involved in the aftermath of WW I. Therefore ”Help, the Kaiser’s coming” relates this historic episode from the residents’ point of view. How did they experience this hectic period? How did they deal with this guest? And how did the Kaiser behave?

End of an empire
On 28 November 1918 the Kaiser signed his abdication at Amerongen Castle .This meant the end of the German Empire and the reign of the Hohenzollern dynasty. For a little while Amerongen was the centre of Europe, maybe of the world.