Helmond Museum / castle, Helmond

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The castle Croy is a castle in the Dutch province North Brabant, near the village Aarle-Rixtel which is part of the municipality of Laarbeek. From 1642 until 1968 Croy belonged to the municipality Stiphout (currently part of the municipality of Helmond).The castle is currently no longer inhabited but in use as an office. Since 1795 beer is brewed near the castle. Since 2004 the Croy beer is itself had been brewed in Belgium but the ingredients are grown on the Croy estate. The destruction of the restaurant by fire in 2006 brought with it the opportunity to restore the tradition of brewing beer on the Croy estate. With the renovation of the nearby restaurant "de Croyse Hoeve" the microbrewery was built and with it the production has returned to Aarle-Rixtel. Due to environmental restrictions the beer is still bottled and packaged in Belgium. Also there is a herd of Rambouillet-Merino sheep on the Croy estate.HistoryThe oldest parts of the Croy castle were probably build in the 15th century. There is not much known about the history of the castle. Jacob van Croÿ, Bishop of Cambrai was in 1477 owner of the land, but a house is not mentioned. In the 16th century villages in the neighbourhood were many times demolished, probably also the castle (but this is not recorded).The last inhabitant was Freule (Lady) Constance van der Brugghen. Her uncle bought Croy in 1772, In 1773 he died and left the castle to his half brother Johan Karel Gideon. He married Margaretha Gertuda Falck and they had three sons and a daughter. In 1820, 1826 and 1864 the sons died. Freule (Lady) Constance van der Brugghen died in 1873 (78 years old) and left the building to municipality of Stiphout with the obligation to use the building for the help of poor elderly people. This was led by the sisters of Geloof, Hoop en Liefde (Faith, Hope and Love). In 1977 the house was disapproved as being a house for elderly people because of safety regulations.
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  • It was a nice experience how the museum Castle Helmond the rest of the year. Because in november Sinterklaas comes here live and work and then very busy visit by parents with small children.
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  • The castle is located in the Centre of Helmond. It has a beautiful castle garden and is surrounded by a moat. Here is also the municipal museum. Many activities are organized during the summer holidays in and around the Castle.
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  • on this castle we are married in 2011. other than that you can get married at this castle is also a wonderful museum and in the months of november and december is this castle closed because then this castle inhabited by Sinterklaas and there is during the time that St Petes are here to stay and plenty to do for the little ones including the tour of the bedroom of Saint Nicholas
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  • not much to see inside. some interctive introduction of the living in the past. good side is the entry ticket is combined with the admission to Helmond museum arts gallery, a 3 min walk away.
  • Very nice place. But not enough information in English
  • Nice place, helpful employees helped me a lot to take a nice tour, we enjoyed a lot
  • Nice Museum in historical setting (Castle).
  • Outside museum is looking nice. A real castle. I couldn't get in though (they didn't have a change from a EUR100 bill).

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