The castle originated in the 13th century when Zweder I van Zuylen built a freestanding keep on a raised and moated site near the lost city Dorestad.
The old donjon has withstood the passage of time reasonably well, and is an excellent example of medieval towers. The walls are 2.5 metres thick; the original entrance was at the second level and could only be reached with a wooden ladder that could be removed or destroyed in times of need.
However, the old donjon was enclosed by new buildings in the later part of the 15th century. The still intact burgundian tower was also built around this time.
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