Visiting address

Loevestein 1, 5307 TG Poederoijen

Tip! The best way is over water

You sail on the Waal, the busiest river in Europe, while you enjoy an amazing view, the beautiful floodplains and the characteristic villages. In the distance you can see Loevestein looming on the horizon. What a way to approach the castle!

With a combination ticket (entrance ticket + boating license) you can sail between Gorinchem, Woudrichem, Loevestein and Fort Vuren every weekend in May, June and September, and every day in July and August, with both Riveer ferries and the foot ferry.

In other months, you can sail with Riveer from Gorinchem to Woudrichem. From the port in Woudrichem, it is a nice walk through the old town to the port of the foot ferry. The foot ferry then takes you to Loevestein.

You can also take the Riveer water cab from Gorinchem to Loevestein on all other days. Book the water cab in advance. You buy a separate ticket for this; the combo ticket is not valid for the water cab.

Read more about Riveer’s sailing times and departure locations here. The small foot and bicycle ferry Woudrichem sails almost year-round between Woudrichem and Loevestein.

By car

Route planners and GPS do not always indicate Loevestein correctly. Therefore, always check the final destination of the route planner.

By car from Breda / Gorinchem
  • A27 exit 22 Nieuwendijk / Woudrichem
  • Follow N322 direction Zaltbommel
  • Take exit Loevestein (just after lock across dammed Maas)
By car from Utrecht / Den Bosch
  • A2 exit 17 Zaltbommel
  • Follow N322 direction Brakel
  • Take exit Loevestein (just after Brakel and Poederoijen)


Loevestein has free parking for up to 230 cars. There are also four campervan pitches at the parking site. From the parking lot it is about a ten minute walk to the fortress. There is disabled parking in the smaller parking lot next to the entrance to the castle. Disabled persons can also be dropped off by car at the fortress bridge.

Herd animals in the Munnikenland

In Munnikenland you can encounter herd animals like the Konik horses or the ‘Rode Geus’ Rode Geuzen and Konik horses roam freely here all year round, including on the roads and cycle paths. They can just cross the road and sometimes stand in the way. Stick to the recommended speed of 30 km/h, so you can react in time. The herd animals always have priority. Wait until the animals have moved on and do not cross the herd. Even though they look very impressive, they are not dangerous. Leave them alone, do not pet them and enjoy these beautiful animals from a distance (minimum 25 meters). Feeding is not allowed.

Frequently asked questions accessibility & routeFind out more about these animals in this brochure from Staatsbosbeheer

By bike

Enjoy the beautiful nature reserve “Het Munnikenland” when you arrive by bike on the Schouwendijk. The beautiful nature with its flowers, birds, Konik horses and Red Geuzen is very photogenic.
You can park your bicycle at the parking places opposite the bridge on the water. Bicycles are not allowed inside the fortress.

Public transport

Zaltbommel Station

From Zaltbommel train station you can continue with the HaltetaxiRRReis, a shared cab on demand. Please have a look at HaltetaxiRRReis or call: 0031- 85 – 0046699.

Gorinchem Station

From Gorinchem train station take Arriva bus 402 to the Rijksweg A27 Nieuwendijk stop. From there, you travel further with HaltetaxiRRReis.

Alternatively, you can travel to Loevestein via water. From Gorinchem train station you can walk to the port Buiten de Waterpoort in about 20 minutes. The ferry or water cab will drop you off in front of the entrance gate. Check the Riveer site for current departure times.

Alternatively, you can take Riveer from the port in Gorinchem to Woudrichem and change to the foot ferry there. Then it is a ten minute walk to Loevestein.

By bus

With the HaltetaxiRRReis you can go from any bus station in Gelderland province and stop Rijksweg A27 Nieuwendijk (North Brabant) to Slot Loevestein. The stop cab also connects well with the bus and/or train. Please have a look at HaltetaxiRRReis or call: 0031- 85 – 0046699.

Frequently asked questions accessibility & route