History of Middachten
The first mention of Middachten appears in the year 1190, and although the castle dates from the early Middle Ages, the house in its present form was built towards the end of the 17th century and still includes some medieval parts. Middachten is unique in that it is still a real, working estate. Besides the castle, park and gardens, the estate also includes farms, woods and agricultural land.
Middachten has never been sold but has always passed from one generation to another. As a result of this, the interior of the castle is complete and still has many of the original household effects, including a large collection of portraits and much 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century furniture. The castle also has the original cupboards filled with collections of china, silver and glass-wear, and antique linen. The management of the estate is in the hands of the 25th Lord of Middachten, Count zu Ortenburg.
Your wedding at Middachten Castle would be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. You would be welcomed at the castle steps from where you would be led through the vestibule with its beautiful staircase to the great hall. Here an official from the Rheden Borough Council would conduct the civil wedding ceremony. The gardens around the castle form a wonderful location for your wedding photographs.
Bed and Breakfast
There are three stylish double rooms above the coach house, each with its own character. Each of the rooms has its own bathroom and has a view which looks out over the castle courtyard. Breakfast is served in the former coachman’s room or on the terrace with a view of the beautiful gardens. Many of the products used for breakfast come from the immediate surrounds of the estate.
You can book directly here.
Castle open to the public
Every Sunday afternoon in July and August two guided tours (1.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m.) are organised for visitors who wish to learn more about the history, the contents and the interior of the castle.
The castle can also be visited on other special days (see calendar of events) and during the Christmas opening in December.
Guided tours of the castle and gardens
Would you like to make an informative and unique visit to Middachten as a group? On application to the castle office, arrangements can be made for you to have a guided tour under the leadership of experienced guides. The guided tours are for a minimum of 25 people for the castle, and 15 for the gardens. We shall be very pleased to provide a programme to suit your wishes with, for instance, a picnic lunch and a comprehensive programme on the estate. For reservations and more information please apply by email.
Three Centuries of Garden Culture
The Middachten gardens came into existence at the beginning of the 18th century. Shortly after the rebuilding of the castle was completed in 1697, a formal baroque garden was laid with box hedge parterres. In the second half of the 18th century fashions and the taste of the inhabitants changed and the gardens were altered.
The parterres gave way to glowing slopes and winding paths. At this time the English Landscape style was in fashion. The gardens as you see them now came into being around 1900 when the garden architect, Hugo Poortman, brought back elements of the former baroque style into the landscaped gardens, keeping trees, as far as possible, in his “neo” baroque garden.
Faunaday, Saturday, 25th March
(Exhibition of antlers, horns, etc. from animals in this forestry area + activities for young and old)
Everyone who is interested in the management and care of game animals is welcome at Middachten Castle on this day. From their own experience, gamekeepers tell about hunting and the management of animals on the Veluwe (the local forestry area). There are opportunities to taste products made by poulterers. For children there is a special “Treasure Hunt”.
Exhibition “Trees inside and outside”
1st June up to and inclusing 30th September
Etches by Reinder Homan, an artist who practises his trade in the tradition of the old skills, and through this illustrates his fascination with the beauty of nature. To be seen in the orangery.
Tables, sculptures, turnery, cupboards and other articles made from wood. Trees from inside and outside. Surprising and new. Very traditional for the Middachten estate. Middachten is encircled by woods. Centuries ago trees were planted and optimal use was made of the wood.
The unique forest history is reflected in the etches and other articles in the exhibition. There is a talk every Sunday by one of the participating exhibitors.
This exhibition is being set up with the cooperation of An Moonen and Petra Prins, well-known figures in the world of quilting. Look on our website for the exact dates.
The Day of the Castle, Whit Monday, 5th June
Theme: “Around Castle and Country Seat”
“Green Days” 23-24-25 June
A three-day event for the whole family where the many stands offer a wide selection of products in the areas of hunting, forestry and natural products. Visit demonstrations, enjoy sampling delicacies, watching demonstrations and take part in workshops which take place in the catering area on the courtyard.
Theme for Sunday, 6th August
Activities around the theme of Herbs.
National Open Day for places of Historic Interest, Sunday, 10th September
The theme this year is “Farmers, citizens and country folk”.
Christmas Opening, 13th up to and including 17th December
This year Middachten Castle will be opened for visitors in the Christmas season for the 29th year. This is the oldest Christmas event of this kind in the region. The saloons are beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and Christmas greenery. As twilight falls the castle gains a fairy-tale image from the hundreds of twinkling candles in all the windows. The Christmas Market stalls are to be found in the outbuildings.
The gardens are open from 15th May up to and including 30th September 2017,
Sunday to Friday: 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Every Sunday in July and Augustus. From 1.30 p.m.
In addition, guided tours of the gardens can be arranged by appointment for a minimum of 15 people.
Castle tours: every Sunday in July and Augustus at 1.30 and 3.00 p.m.
In addition, guided tours of the castle can be arranged by appointment for a minimum of 20 people.
There are sometimes also guided tours of the castle on other special occasions.
Summer concerts are held in the gardens, beginning at 11.30 a.m., every Sunday in July. Following the concerts there are guided tours of the castle and of the gardens. In the gardens you hear about the history, architecture and the various plants, flowers and trees. In the castle, the guides tell about the history, the inhabitants, the rooms and their contents. Details about the full programme of concerts are to be found on our website.
You can book here directly.
Become a Friend of Middachten?
It is our wish to preserve and develop the quality of this unique and historic estate. A nonprofit making Foundation provides financial support for the care and maintenance of the castle and gardens. For an annual minimum contribution of €25,- you can help this worthwhile cause and become a Friend of Middachten. As a Friend you, together with a guest, can visit the gardens as often as you wish – during the published opening times – free of charge. In addition, you will receive regular bulletins to keep you up to date with new developments on this historical estate. In this way you will help us to maintain it in as good a condition as possible for the coming generations.
For more information please contact:
Landgoed Middachten 3
6994 JC De Steeg
Tel: 00 31 (0)26 495 49 98
- Gardens (including the exhibition in the Orangery) € 6,00
- Castle and gardens € 9,00
- Children 4-12 years free
- Day for fauna: free
- Christmas Open € 9,00
- Children 4-12 years half price
Guided Tours for groups
(min. 20 persons for the castle; 15 persons for the gardens) p.p.
- Castle Tour, incl. coffee/tea/cake € 12,50
- Castle & Garden Tour, incl. coffee/tea/cake € 15,00