kasteel wijchen
Anna of Saxony

Emilia of Nassau and the Castle of Wijchen

The first castle on this site in Wijchen was built in the 14th century. It first went through the ownership of several Lords from the region before it was bought by Emilia of Nassau in 1609 after a fight with her brother Maurice of Nassau concerning the inheritance from her father, William the Silent. Her [read more]


Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl

I went to Cologne two weeks ago and near Cologne is the city of Brühl. Brühl is the home of Augustusburg and the hunting lodge Falkenlust. Though they have no specific connection to a royal woman, they house some amazing paintings of relations of their first owner Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Clemens August of Bavaria. He [read more]


The Stone in Antwerp

The Stone is a medieval fortress which was built in the early middle ages. At that time it was known as the Antwerpen Burcht (fortress). When Charles V rebuilt it in 1520 it was known as ‘s Heerens Steen (The King’s Stone) and it later became just The Stone. The Stone is located on the [read more]