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!
How the nobility handled animals at Amerongen Castle since the 17th century.
From June to December it ’s Animal Day every day at Amerongen Castle ! Because the new theme-tour ‘Posh Pets‘ will focus on the dogs, horses, cats and all other animals who ever lived here . What animals lived in and around the beautiful Amerongen Castle and how did the noble tenants treat them? You’ll discover this and more during the theme-tour ‘Posh Pets’. The tour gives a surprising insight into animal life at a noble household from the 17th century onwards and shows among other things that class-difference between people also applied to the animal world : pets were pampered like royals and lived upstairs with their masters, the other animals at the castle stayed downstairs, just like the servants.
During the tour you’ll get acquainted with the pets of the counts and countesses Van Reede and Van Aldenburg Bentinck and you’ll learn everything about noble privileges and traditions , such as hunting and keeping pigeons and rabbits. Even vermin like mice, fleas and lice are included.
Special attention is given to Countess Elisabeth von Ilsemann Aldenburg Bentinck (1893 - 1971), the last resident of the Castle and one of the first animal protectors . From all over the area people used to bring stray animals to the castle , where the countess would give them shelter. Numerous catflaps are still to be seen in the House.
7 June to 1 December
1 April -31 October
Closed on Mondays
Tuesdays –Saturdays, 11.00-16.00
1 November-31 March
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
The castle can only be visited by means of a guided tour. 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 and tours in English send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Admission prices (castle and gardens)|
|Children 5-18||€ 6,-|
|Children under 5||free|
|Gardens only||€ 4,50|
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)
Kasteel Amerongen ,
3958 BK Amerongen
Tel.+31 343 563 766