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The Sprengenberg

Location is at Sprengenberg Haarle (the Sprengenhorst Bergweg). This created original hunting lodge (known to locals as Palthe Tower) was built in 1903 by Van Wulfften Palthe. History More than one hundred years ago this whole area heath. The heath played an important role in agriculture on infertile sandy soils. It was the flocks of sheep grazing area. The sheep provided manure. Without manure is not a good harvest. The rise of fertilizer made redundant the heath. In a short time, nearly all cultivated heather. The worst pieces remained on. Definitely Sallandse Ridge. This land was not only very infertile but their higher position usually too dry for agriculture. Textile barons from Twente saw their chance and bought the sprawling moorlands. In part as an investment. The rapid growth of the Limburg coal mining early in this century there was a shortage of wood prop. To meet this demand, most heathland planted with pine. The textile barons laid great estates and large houses were built. The area around the Sprengenberg, around 1900 purchased by Mr. Van Wulfften Palthe from Almelo. The tower of the house is visible from afar. Up in the tower was a star observatory. The wind vane is, appropriately, a grouse. In the tower were several bedrooms, 4 double beds and four small rooms on the top floor.

Mr. Palthe was very interested in astronomy. In their old home, Almelo, he had even a dome in order to study the stars. The tower was built with a special zijtorentje different windows. Low and high. These were specially designed for it with the telescope to study the stars. Many farmers about stars and planets are in the bookcase on the Sprengenberg. After mr. Palthe in 1929 died aged 78 at the telescope was moved down. Since then, the telescope is still there.

The dome was octagonal, with a gravelly roof and five small verandas. There was a large sitting room and three small rooms. There was also a fireplace. More was not there.

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Comments (68)

Alireza Javaheri on May 30, 2011
  • Nice shot & beautiful photo - LIKE - A-J
KFE. on June 2, 2011

Very nice photo. Greetings from Hungary. Eta

Closed on June 2, 2011

WOOHOOOOOOOO!!! A fairytale Castle!!

It's lovely and very magical!! I'm keepin it!


PrincessSmiles, GG :))))

K@rin on June 2, 2011

Hello Eta , thanks a lot for the very nice compliment and like, best wishes to you

Hey GG, yes another castle for the princess:)) You may keep it ! thanks a lot , btw , here is a place at the right of the castle where can have coffee and homebaked cakes:)) delicious after a walk , HUGS and smiles to you

matsljungberg on June 12, 2011

Good view of this nice white castle in the green surroundings. Like. Greetings, Mats.

Gerhard Weiss on August 4, 2011

Great architecture. Good work. Perfect place for Rapunzel:) LIKE!

jean-paul-pti on August 5, 2011

Jolie! LIKE! Amitiés, Jean-Paul

K@rin on September 14, 2015

Mats , Gerhard and JeanPaul , thanks for the compliments and likes

best wishes to you all

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 16, 2011
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    by K@rin
    • Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2011/05/15 16:34:48
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 85.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash