Castle on the VechtstreekThe first foundations of the Dutch Renaissance mansion, Nyenrode Castle were laid in the 13 th century on the banks of the Vecht river by Knight Gerard Splinter van Ruwiel. Later, the French used it as their headquarters during an invasion in the 17 th century, and from the 18th through the 20th century it was the home of two successive merchant families.
Following the Second World War, it was sold to an educational institute which would later become Nyenrode Business University; the private business school continues to use the castle as its primary estate. The University grounds are private, but you can garner a good view of the Castle when floating past it on the Vecht river. You can also take a virtual tour of the castle on the university’s website.