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Knight Dirc Loef van Horne built in 1368 this castle at a strategically important position where the rivers Maas en Waal meet. The place was ideal to raise toll to the many ships that passed this location. It became soon obvious that the castle was strategically very important and so the Counts of Holland took possession of the castle. Jacoba van Beieren used it to lock up all her important prisoners. After major fortifications were done in the 16th century the castle became the official state prison for Holland. In the 17th century the castle became part of the Dutch waterline to defend the Randstad. During the Napoleon times the castle became a military ford and hosted soldiers.
Now the castle is a national monument and a museum. The castle is restored completely and can now be visited.