Trips / Borken-Hoxfeld
From Hilversum to Borken-Hoxfeld On Sunday, August 11, 2019, Marco, Sacha and Nina joined René for a little Sunday afternoon flight from Hilversum airfield. The initial plan was to visit the island of Texel, but because of the strong winds along the coast provinces we made a trip to Boxten-Hoxfeld instead. After take-off from runway 25, we soon headed into the direction of Amersfoort. We did an orbit over Amersfoort, and we saw the Belgian Monument in the south of Amersfoort.
Sacha, Nina and Marco at Hilversum airfield
Belgian Monument in Amersfoort
Belgian MonumentThe Belgian Monument is by far the largest war monument in the Netherlands and stands on top of the 43 meter high Amersfoortse Berg. In the middle tower there is a carillon, which is regularly played by students of the Amersfoorts Carillonneur School. The construction of the Belgian monument was due to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Camp Zeist was built, consisting of wooden barracks. The camps were heavily guarded and a barbed wire barrier was installed around it. The living conditions were poor, the barracks were not heated. To combat the rats, the camp leaders promised a reward of two and a half cents for each dead rat. Utrechtse Heuvelrug (Utrecht Hill ridge). The landscape integration was the work of the Belgian garden architect Louis van der Swaelmen. Work started in May 1917. It would take until the spring of 1919 before the monument was completely finished. Work on the monument was carried out by interned Belgian soldiers, students from the work schools in the camps.
Veleda and René at the Belgian monument
Doornenburg Castle is located in the eastern part of the province of Gelderland, near the village of Doornenburg. The castle is first mentioned in 1295. It isn't known how the castle looked back then. The oldest parts of the present structure date back to the 14th century. The castle then consisted of a large hall with cellars and a walled rectangular courtyard on a moated island.(More about Castle Doornenburg in this trip report)
Huis Bergh Castle, 's-Heerenberg
At Borken-Hoxfeld airfield
Castle Huis Bergh
Castle Huis Bergh
Castle "Huis Bergh" (House Bergh) is a castle in 's-Heerenberg. Little is known about the earliest history of Huis Bergh Castle. It is believed that around 1100 AD a wooden tower was raised on a little island in a swamp. Around 1200 AD this wooden tower, or donjon, came to be replaced by a round tower. The remains of this tuff tower can still be seen in the wall left to the present main entrance door to the great hall.
In subsequent years the main castle building was enlarged upon. At the onset of the Eighty Years’ War Huis Bergh Castle was seriously damaged. In 1735 the main castle building was completely destroyed by fire. In 1939 the castle was once again struck by fire. Van Heek, who had acquired the castle in 1912, immediately took on restoring the castle.
Hendrik van den Bergh
Count Hendrik van den Bergh (1573-1638) played a controversial role in the Eighty Years' War. Hendrik van den Bergh was the commander-in-chief of the Spanish army in the Netherlands, and he was cousin of Frederick Hendrik, Prince of Orange. After Hendrik van den Bergh's defeat at the siege of Den Bosch in 1629, he later led a noble party dissatisfied with Spanish involvement in the Southern Netherlands It culminated in the Conspiracy of Nobles, a plot in 1632 to divide the Spanish Netherlands between the Dutch Republic and the Kingdom of France. Hendrik van den Bergh negotiated with René de Renesse, 1st Count of Warfusée and Frederick Hendrik and defected to his cousin's forces. Hendrik van den Bergh died on 12th May 1638 in Zutphen.
Sights of Huis Bergh
From Borken-Hoxfeld to Hilversum At Borken-Hoxfeld we filed the flightplan, which is still mandatory for cross-border flights to and from the Netherlands. René sent an ETA message to the person who was going to take the plane next for a two day trip to the UK. We departed Boxten-Hoxfeld, and then we set course back to Hilversum.
View of Borken-Hoxfeld airfield
Marco at the controls
River IJssel near Velp
Pyramid of Austerlitz
Marco cleaning the plane