Just two kilometers away from Doorwerth castle lays the village which bears the same name. Situated on a push moraine. South of the rise runs the Rhine river, and north of it the stream Heelsumsebeek, draining water from the higher forested plain Veluwe to the north. Also, the Seelbeek which drains the water from the Duno forest to the Rhine runs trough the woods where Doorwerth lays in.
There have always been people living around this area since the last ice age, with the higher laying land protecting them from the river, fertile land all around and plenty forests. Doorwerth became of a more permanent character after the building of the first edition of the Doorwerth castle and eventually gained the same name as the castle. First the most settlers of the town where the people working in or for the castle, but later that grew and also other services started to arrive. Eventually Doorwerth grew into a logging village. Harvesting wood from the dense woodlands around the village, which where part of the Heerlijkheid Doorwerth.
~1000 AD start modern settlement
100km to Amsterdam to the west