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Loevestein Castle Entry Ticket

Loevestein Castle Entry Ticket

Embark on a journey through time at Slot Loevestein, a 14th-century fortress with tales of knights, strategic battles, an infamous prison, and extraordinary escapes. Nestled in the heart of the Netherlands, Loevestein Castle isn't just a testament to medieval architecture; it's a chapter in the story of Dutch identity and democracy. From its early days as a knight's stronghold to a state prison that witnessed one of the most ingenious escapes in history, every stone of Loevestein has a story to tell. Surround yourself with nature, history, and the legacy of one of the Netherlands' greatest scholars, Hugo de Groot. From Knight's Stronghold to State Prison Slot Loevestein's journey began in 1358 by Knight Dirc Loef van Horne. This fortress, initially a single tower, expanded over time into the magnificent castle we see today. In the 16th century, during the tumultuous Eighty Years War, Loevestein's strategic location made it a coveted price, changing hands between the Dutch and Spaniards. When finally secured by the Dutch, it transformed into a state prison, setting the stage for one of the most daring escapes in Dutch history. The Great Escape of Hugo de Groot The 17th century brought new fame to Loevestein as the prison of Hugo de Groot, a renowned lawyer and theologian. His escape in 1621 from a life sentence, ingeniously concealed in a book chest, has become legendary. Despite the tight security, his wife's plan led to one of the most talked-about prison breaks. A Bastion in the Hollandse Waterlinie Loevestein's significance was further solidified as part of the Oude & Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie, an ingenious defense system of the 17th century. This network of forts and inundations was designed to protect key Dutch cities. In 2021, its historical and strategic importance was recognized globally when it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s this fascinating history that makes a visit to Loevestein Castle absolutely worthwhile. For kids Loevestein has a lot to offer for kids as well. They can discover the history and stories of the castle and the fortress. Learn how to shoot a musket, mix the right ingredients for gunpowder to shake the tower to its foundations, and make sure the fortress doesn't flood when the water starts to rise! Wander through the wall stairs, stroll along the ramparts and test your strenght on the challenging climbing course!

Gorinchem: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

Gorinchem: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

In 1621 Hugo de Groot was imprisoned with his entire family and servant Elsje at Loevestein Castle. Elsje was allowed to leave the castle to buy books for Hugo at the market. Boxes full! This gave them the brilliant idea that Hugo might be able to escape in such a coffin. Of course Hugo's escape does not go unnoticed and he has to flee. The only way to stay out of the hands of Prince Maurits is through the secret exit of the city of Gorinchem! Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

Gorinchem: Murder Crime Game Self-Guided Interactive Tour

Gorinchem: Murder Crime Game Self-Guided Interactive Tour

Solve a murder and at the same time see all the highlights of the city center of Gorinchem. Play this unique game with a group of friends or your family. You will receive instructions, a photo frame and an answer form in advance via email. You'll also receive a map of the city where the murder took place. The center is divided into sections where you have to look for a location where you can take a group selfie. Once you've located the spot, send a selfie via WhatsApp to your game instructor. If the location's correct, they'll send you the next clue about the murder. As you walk along the nicest places in the centre of the city, you will collect more and more clues about the murder. During the game you will have enough time to enter a cafe or shop that you pass and to admire some of the highlights of Gorinchem.

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