34 Old Ruins to Explore in Netherlands

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Netherlands literally means 'lower countries' in reference to its low elevation and flat topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) above sea level, and nearly 17% falling below sea level. Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation that began in the 16th century.

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Old Ruins to Explore in Netherlands

't Huis de Wolf

t Huis de Wolf is a monumental country house in neo -Renaissance style in the Groningen town of Haren. . The mansion is named after an inn of the same name, which stood on the same piece of land in 1691 and possibly before and was probably replaced by a larger building before 1818.The Wassenaar family probably lived permanently in 't Huis de Wolf from 1900 to 1911.

Basilica of Saint Servatius

The Roman Catholic Basilica of Saint Servatius is situated in Maastricht, in The Netherlands. It is dedicated to, and built on top of the grave of Saint Servatius, a martyr of the fourth century. This basilica is dependent of the Diocese of Roermond. The church is mostly in Romanesque style and was built in several stages from the 11th until the 13th centuries.

Castle De Haar

De Haar Castle is a monumental castle in the Utrecht village of Haarzuilens . It is the largest castle in the Netherlands. It was built from 1892 on the ruins of the old castle in neo-Gothic style. It consists of an extensive site in which, in addition to the main building, there are also associated gardens and buildings such as a chapel. The neighboring village also has a strong relationship with the castle and the whole falls under a protected townscape.

Castle Hernen

Hernen Castle, locally known as Kasteel Hernen, lies in the village with the same name, in the Gelderland province in the Netherlands. It probably originated around 1350, and then consisted of only one residential tower (keep). Later it was repeatedly expanded, with the former courtyard increasingly being filled. The residential tower collapsed in the 18th century.


Dolmen D54 is located outside Havelte on the Havelterberg in the Dutch province of Drenthe . The hunebed is located south of the Hunebedweg, a side road of the Van Helomaweg. It is located on a small sandy plain surrounded by grass. The hunebed has six capstones , four of which rest completely on the supporting stones . The easternmost capstone is missing, as is the keystone below. On the western side are three keystones.

Foundation Museum Havezate Mensinge

Mensinge is an authentically furnished manor near Roden in the province of Drenthe . The house, which was privately inhabited until 1985, can be viewed by visitors.The manor house has a large forest with walking routes, the Mensingebos.Because the house has been inhabited for a long time and has remained virtually unchanged in recent decades, the interior gives a good idea of ​​how people used to live. It is as if the residents have gone away for a while.

Foundation Steam Train Goes-Borsele

The Stoomtrein Goes - Borsele is a heritage railway operating from Goes through Kwadendamme to the village of Hoedekenskerke, in the province of Zeeland, Netherlands.The railway operates a fleet of seventeen locomotives - nine diesel engines, six steam engines, and two relatively unusual 1,500 volt Alstom electric engines. Additionally, three heritage diesel railcars are in service.

Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk

Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk is a Protestant church in Rotterdam. It is the only remnant of the medieval city of Rotterdam.The church was built between 1449 and 1525.This basilica was the first all stone building in Rotterdam. Many important events took place here.


The Helpoort, is a former city ​​gate in the Dutch city ​​of Maastricht. The gate is part of the first medieval city wall of Maastricht and is located in the Jekerkwartier at the southern end of the Sint Bernardusstraat, opposite the Pesthuys. The gate dates from the second quarter of the 13th century, making it the oldest surviving city gate in the Netherlands.

Hoensbroek Castle

Hoensbroek Castle is one of the largest castles in the Netherlands . The oldest part of the castle, especially the high round tower, dates from around 1360 , when Herman Hoen renovated it. In 1225 there was already a predecessor in this swamp, a so-called motte -fortress. In 1250 a fortified house was built on the site of the present castle.

Hunebed G1

Hunebed G1 is located southwest of Noordlaren in the Dutch province of Groningen . The hunebed is located on a hill in a bush, which can be reached from Noordlaren via a dirt road. Within the Netherlands, the hunebed is the most northern of the hunebeds still located on the original site, and also the only Groningen hunebed still on the original site. The hunebed was archaeologically examined in 1957 under the supervision of Van Giffen.

Kasteel Almere

Almere Castle is an unfinished castle in the Dutch town of Almere . Construction started in 2000 but was halted in 2002, after which the building has become a present-day ruin . It is located on Oude Waterlandseweg in Almere Haven and is visible from the A6 highway .

Kasteel van Breda

A majestic old castle located in the heart of Netherlands. The Lords of Breda, descendants of the royal house of Oranje-Nassau, lived in this castle, held court, partied and exercised their power. In the sixteenth century, Count Henry III of Nassau had the castle rigorously converted into a Renaissance palace. With the arrival of the Royal Military Academy in 1826, the castle was again considerably austere and stripped of many of its Renaissance ornaments.

Kasteeltje De Kinkelenburg

De Kinkelenburg is a Dutch castle in the center of the Gelderland town of Bemmel , in the municipality of Lingewaard . Since 1971 De Kinkelenburg has a status as a national monument. The building is used as a wedding and meeting location for the municipality and can be visited during office hours.

Kerk van Engelbert

Engelbert's church is a simple elongated Dutch Reformed hall church in a fenced cemetery at Engelberterweg 39 in Engelbert , municipality of Groningen . The church has the status of a national monument and has been owned by the Oude Groninger Kerken Foundation since 2000 . Today the church is only used for cultural activities.


The Kruittoren is a remnant of the old ramparts of Nijmegen and is located on the Parkweg , on the edge of the Kronenburger Park . The tower was founded in 1426 and is about 30 meters high. In the nineteenth century , when the fortifications were sold, the state deliberately kept the tower in ownership to prevent the tower from being demolished. The tower was owned by the Government Buildings Agency until January 15, 2016 , but was then transferred to the National Monuments Organization.

Large Church Breda - Our Dear Mother Church

The Grote Kerk or Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk is the most important monument and a landmark of Breda. The church is built in the Brabantine Gothic style. The tower of the church is 97 meters tall. The plan is in the shape of a Latin Cross. It is the only religious building built in the style of the Brabant Gothic style characteristic for this region, which has survived to our times. There are many valuable works of art inside.

Middelburg Abbey

This is a majestic former Premonstratensian abbey in Middelburg, the Netherlands. At one time it was the centre of a large monastic complex.The origins of the abbey go back to the early twelfth century or earlier. Today parts of what survives are used for a museum and as offices. Located approximately 65 km west of Bergen op Zoom, Middelburg is the principal town and regional capital of Zeeland in the Netherlands.

Molen de Ster

De Ster sawmill is the center of the Molenerf de Ster, the only completely preserved sawmill yard in the Netherlands. Molenerf de Ster consists of the windmill with sawmill , the miller's house, two servants' houses and three wood-drying sheds. The top of the mill reaches up to 20 meters. The blades are another 9 meters above that. The sawmill originally dates from 1739. From the original mill, only the sawmill remained since 1911. The mill was rebuilt between 1996 and 1998.


Muiden Castle is a castle in the Netherlands, located at the mouth of the Vecht river, some 15 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam, in Muiden, where it flows into what used to be the Zuiderzee. It is one of the better known castles in the Netherlands and featured in many television shows set in the Middle Ages.

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