a daytrip to the castle of Loevestein
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On a nice day in april we decided to go visit the beautiful castle of "Loevestein". The best way to get to Loevestein is across the water! So we took the ferry from the beautiful village of Woudrichem to the castle.
Castle Loevestein is a medieval castle built by the knight Dirc Loef van Horne (hence "Loef's stein" ((stone)) house) in 1361. It was built in a strategic location in the middle of the Netherlands, where the Maas and Waal rivers come together (just west of current day villages Poederoijen and Brakel, in the municipality of Zaltbommel, in Gelderland). At first it was a simple square brick building, used to charge toll from trading vessels using the rivers.
Until the Second World War Loevestein Castle was part of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie, the main Dutch defense line that was based on flooding the land south of the western provinces. Currently the castle is used as a medieval museum.