Nijmegen, the eldest city of the Netherlands (formerly Holland), has much to offer tourists interested in shopping, history and living like royalty. On the outskirts of the city resides the age-old castle of Wijchen. While it’s unknown when the castle was actually built, the first mentions of it are in 1392. The castle was used as a fortress and defensive position in the 14th through 17th centuries.
The most prominent mention in its history is the purchase by Emilia of Nassau in 1609. She sold a pearl necklace to afford the castle, which was necessary since her marriage had not been approved by the government or prince. Thus, began her troubling love story… before she even obtained her castle.