About the castle

Kasteel Ruurlo lies between a varied and rich landscape, mystical atmosphere and idyllic places deep in the Achterhoek. In addition to being one of the most beautiful castles in the Netherlands, the castle has also been the setting of the work and life of great modern realistic artist Carel Willink since 2017. These two special locations aim to manage the collection, an important part of our national cultural heritage, for future generations and to make it permanently accessible to a wide audience. Museum MORE wants to promote the appreciation for Dutch realistic top art.

The emphasis is on 20th century and contemporary art. In addition to their own collection, Museum MORE in Gorssel also offers temporary exhibitions that show the infinitely rich spectrum of realistic art.

National heritage

Hans and Monique Melchers decided to open a second museum location in Kasteel Ruurlo to create a suitable place for their collection of works by Carel Willink (1900-1983). Moreover, with the opening of Kasteel Ruurlo, Mr. and Mrs. Melchers wish to contribute to making national heritage accessible to the public and to promote appreciation for Willink's oeuvre.

Both locations are perfect for your event, business meeting or wedding ceremony!

Castle history

The building history of the castle goes back to the 14th century. Due to its venerable age, Ruurlo Castle is rich in stories. Over the years, the castle has not only received special features, but also received special guests. A lot has happened in the 700 years that Kasteel Ruurlo exists.

English landscape garden

Ruurlo Castle is surrounded by a beautiful and lively English landscape garden. During the restoration of the castle park, features from the design from the 19th century were taken into account. A walk through the English Landscape Garden completes your visit to Kasteel Ruurlo. The castle can be viewed from all sides from the landscape garden. The garden is also accessible to non-museum visitors.


In the beautiful English landscape garden of Kasteel Ruurlo is the romantic and stylish orangery. The building used to be used to show off expensive and exotic trees and plants from distant countries. Today the winter garden has been transformed into restaurant Oranjerie Ruurlo. The restaurant, like the English Landscape Garden, is also accessible without an entrance ticket.