From Hilversum to Stadtlohn
Satellite images 20 June 2018
A sunny day was forecasted for Wednesday 20 June 2018 in The Netherlands. We freed our working schedules with time for a flying trip that day. But on Wednesday the weather was not so good after all. Low clouds and sea mist came in from the south-west, and it would take until halfway afternoon before it became sunny in Hilversum.
We departed at the end of the morning for a sight-seeing trip to the east, where the weather was best. We first flew south via Utrecht to Zaltbommel, and from there to Stadtlohn, Vreden airport, just across the border with Germany.
On the way we also passed Doornenburg Castle and Fort Pannerden. Both places we had visited a few weeks before. Over Aalten we spotted the house of Angus.
The Flugplatz restaurant at Stadtlohn airport was open, and we had lunch there.
Maurits and René at Hilversum airfield
After departure from Hilversum airfield
Bridges over River Waal near Zaltbommel
Locks St Andries Canal
Former nuclear power plant Dodewaard
Pannerden canal, Waal
Angus' house in Aalten
Maurits and Veleda at Stadtlohn airport
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.
Doornenburg Castle was occupied until the 19th century. After that it fell into disrepair and became a ruin. In 1936 the castle was bought, in dilapidated shape, by a local industrialist Van Heek, who handed it over to his "Foundation for preservation of the Doornenburg". A large restoration followed, which was completed in September 1941. The castle became a German observation post after the allied operation at Arnhem in 1944.
British bombers almost completely destroyed Doornenburg Castle on March 14, 1945, near the end of the war. In the meantime, the Germans had already left the castle. Although rebuilding the castle seemed a lost cause, the foundation again started to rebuild the castle in its late-medieval style. The castle was rebuilt in detail on the basis of old drawings, maps and photographs, and the new 'old' castle was completed in 1966.
Doornenburg is once again one of the most beautiful castles in the Netherlands. It sits in a fairytale setting among reed borders and pastures, dreaming of times past. In 1968 Doornenburg Castle, amongst others, was used as a set for the Dutch television series Floris. The series launched the careers of actor Rutger Hauer, director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter Gerard Soeteman.
From Stadtlohn to Hilversum
After lunch and departure from Stadtlohn, we first flew over Groenlo. The city still has a defensively shaped canal and remains of bulwarks stemming from the Eighty Years' War era.
Later we passed the historic town of Doesburg, on the right bank of the river IJssel. From Doesburg we flew via Arnhem and the Nederrijn to Rhenen, and from there via Leusden and Soesterduinen back to Hilversum.
Veleda and René at Stadtlohn airport
Departure from Stadtlohn
Weir at Driel
Ouwehands Dierenpark (zoo), Rhenen
Pon importer, Leusden