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.
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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 20 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.
The gardens are open from 15th May up to and including 30th September 2019,
Sunday to Friday: 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Garden tours: 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.
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 2186
- Gardens (including the exhibition in the Orangery) € 6,00
- Castle and gardens € 11,00
- Children 4-12 years free
- Day for fauna: free
- Christmas Open € 10,00
- 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 € 14,00
- Castle & Garden Tour, incl. coffee/tea/cake € 16,50
Christmas at Middachten Castle
Christmas at Middachten Castle is a unique experience every year. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees, lavish flower decorations, burning fires, hundreds of candles in the windows of the house, a small-scale Christmas market and live choirs create a distinctive Christmas atmosphere. Additionally, the light-walk through the garden is back this year. Middachten castle opens for Christmas exhibition between December 11th and 15th, 2019.
Christmas atmosphere around the castle
The castle is decorated in a Christmas theme by florist Sjacco Gerritsen and his staff. They transform the entire house into a wonderful pre-Christmas atmosphere. Decorated Christmas trees and lovely flower decorations can be admired in all of the rooms. The table in the dining room is covered with the family’s collection of tableware. All the house’s fireplaces are burning.
Small-scale, cosy Christmas market
On the lower ground of the castle and in the stables, exhibitors sell various Christmas articles, local handmade art products, tableware, clothing and much more. Moreover, the estate’s own marmalade, jam and game pâtes are offered. In between, a drink or a snack can be enjoyed on the lower ground of the house or in front on the courtyard. Furthermore, visitors can take their picture with Santa Claus in front of the castle, hang their own wish for 2020 in the “wish tree” or roast a bread over the bonfire.
Light-walk through the garden
When it gets dark, the castle’s garden will be illuminated and an atmospheric guided walk around the house including a few surprises is offered.
Opening times 2019: 11th – 14th December: 12.00pm – 8.00 pm, Sunday 15th December: 12.00pm – 7.00 pm. The light-walk in the garden runs between 11th and 14th December from 5.00 pm until 7.00 pm and on 15th December from 5.00 pm until 6.00 pm. The garden is closed during the day.
Recommended visitor’s time for groups: approx. 3 hours
Castle & forecourt: € 10 p.p., children up to 12 years € 5 p.p.
Castle, forecourt and light walk: € 12 p.p., children up to 12 years € 5 p.p.
Groups of 15 people onwards pay € 10.00 per person (a discount of € 2.00 p.p.). Registration is required in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment by invoice. Catering arrangements can also be organised for groups.
The castle and garden are unfortunately not accessible for pushchairs, wheelchairs and rollators. Dogs are not allowed. The light-walk will be dependent on weather cond