Burg Zelem – a millennial history

The knight’s seat, Burg Zelem, lies hidden near Kranenburg on the German-Dutch border on the rising ground above the Duffel, a region in the vastness of the lower Rhine countryside. The settlement of the Duffel district began during the third to fourth century AD when the Romans built a fort there as a station between Xanten and Nijmegen. The name Zelem or Selhem refers to the Estate Saleheim which was probably on the site of the later outer bailey, topographically fitted into the high banks of the Selhemmer Sea.