Warnsborn

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Flora and Fauna on the Clément van Maasdijk heath land

The estate "Groot Warnsborn" (Grand Warnsborn) is a nature reserve north of the city of Arnhem. The name means something like pure source. Named after the fact that the reserve houses several springs, from which, of course, water flows, through nice little brooks into small ponds.

The history of Warnsborn dates back to the year 1428. Once owned by a monastery it was sold often and more land was added to the estate over the years. Warnsborn also got some houses, farms, personnel quarters, etc. In the first half of the 19th century the house on the estate was replaced by a real manor, built in neoclassical style. Complete with orangery, ice cellar, carriage house, etc. In 1929 Warnsborn was almost sold to a real estate firm that wanted to convert it into a luxury villa resort. The plan failed and the grounds were assigned to the Gelderland Landscape and Castle Foundation (Stichting het Gelders Landschap).

One of the ancient walls at the carriage house of Warnsborn Castle
The manor was subsequently converted into a hotel. Willem Tiemens discovered that even Anne Frank stayed here some time (see here). In the Second World War the castle was used by the Germans who used it as a recreational facility. A fire, caused by a party, unfortunately destroyed the whole building. A new castle was built in 1950, but with a different design. The carriage house and the orangery remained and are currently in use as hotel and restaurant facilities, as well as the (new) castle itself.

Another remarkable piece of history on Warnsborn is that a little piece of heath land is the place where the first Dutchman died because of an air crash. In August 1910 the Dutch aviator Clément van Maasdijk was rehearsing for an air show the next day and crashed. 

I had not been in Warnsborn for a long time and went there for a short walk. Enjoying the nature, springs, and ponds.

More pictures below!

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Flora and Fauna on the Clément va…
Flora and Fauna on the Clément v…
One of the ancient walls at the ca…
One of the ancient walls at the c…
Ponds
Ponds
Ponds
Ponds
clear water
clear water
Fields
Fields
Fields
Fields
Fields
Fields
The walk through Warnsborn (render…
The walk through Warnsborn (rende…
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photo by: IndoMaluku