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The Helmond Castle has everything that you can expect from a medieval castle. All archaeological treasures, replicas, weapons, tools, paintings, pictures and other historical objects exhibited here nicely show how life at the Helmond Castle looked like. In combination with the picturesque view, visiting the Helmond Castle is an unforgettable experience.
The Helmond Castle was built on a square ground plan. There are round towers in the corners and a water moat around it. It is built in a similar way like other castles in the Netherlands such as the Ammersoyen Castle , the Muiden Castle and the partly-preserved Radboud Castle . The walls of the Helmond Castle are only 1.3 meters thick and therefore there was originally a double water moat around the castle that was supposed to hold back the potential attackers in safe distance from the castle by cannons. The defense of the castle and the city Helmond were closely connected. The two north towers, as well as the northern wall with the main gate, were not originally equipped by conic roofs as they are today but they used to have little towers and battlements.
The Helmond Castle also serves as a museum, which is situated in the cellars below the castle. You may discover the history of the castle and the city Helmond there or visit the art gallery.
The Helmond Castle was built around 1420 by a member of the Van Berlaer Family in order to replace their former castle. The remains of the original wooden fort from 1350 were found about 250 m south-west of the castle. In 1549, the Helmond Castle was heavily damaged by a fire. During the Eighty Years' War, the castle stood by the Spanish . The castle was repeatedly besieged in its history, e.g. in 1581 by the national army. The city Helmond was conquered but the Helmond Castle still resisted and the army had to leave the city. In 1587, the soldiers returned but the castle remained free. In spite of the thin walls, the Helmond Castle was very successful in battles. However, in 1602 it ran out of its luck. The castle was besieged by the national army under the command of Prince Maurits. He had six cannons aimed at the Helmond Castle. All 45 soldiers at the castle were forced to surrender. All the long sieges caused many damages to the castle. In 1603, it was once again conquered, this time by the army from Walen. That happened during the reign of the Van Cortenbach Family that did not really take interest in the Helmond Castle as most of its members lived in their mansions in southern Holland (today's Belgium ) . That is why they sold the Helmond Castle at the end of the 18th century to a nobleman from Utrecht. The castle was reconstructed and re-equipped. His heirs lived at the Helmond Castle until 1920. It was then sold to the city council, which renovated it and made it the city hall. The result of this reconstruction are e.g. the large windows in the castle's walls. From 1982, the Helmond Castle no longer serves as the city hall but weddings and other ceremonial events still take place there.