Palaces and Castles - Highlights in Münsterland
Palaces and Castles - Highlights in Münsterland
The castles and palaces are the treasures of Münsterland. They tell fascinating stories and are picturesque witnesses to great architecture. Majestic moated palaces and romantic castles enchant visitors amidst gentle parkland. Explore the magnificent castles and palaces of the Münsterland region quite simply by bike. The 100 Castles Route connects the buildings worth seeing on four circular routes.
Fairytale moated castle
Surrounded by extensive parkland and impressive architecture, Nordkirchen Castle invites you to explore the history and beauty of past centuries. The magnificent inner courtyard and the picturesque walks in the park offer an incomparable experience for all visitors. The historic walls tell of times gone by and offer an insight into Baroque architecture. Whether on a guided tour of the castle or a relaxed picnic in the park, Nordkirchen Castle offers an unforgettable ambience that invites you to linger and discover.
Culture, art, history.
An extraordinary experience awaits you in the midst of a harmonious combination of nature and culture. The historic Bentlage Monastery, once founded by members of the Order of the Crusaders, now houses high-quality exhibitions in the museum. Here you can admire unique reliquaries that are unparalleled in the German-speaking world. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the monastery, which has been converted into a castle over the centuries. Stroll through the idyllic monastery garden and explore the wonderful cycle paths along the banks of the Ems. Take a break in the cozy monastery café, where you can enjoy homemade pastries and exquisite tea and coffee specialties. Bentlage Monastery is a place that combines art, history and nature in perfect harmony.
Experience art in a historic setting
Not far from the town of Hörstel, idyllically situated at the foot of the Teutoburg Forest, surrounded by moats and orchards, lies Gravenhorst Abbey. The almost completely preserved monastery complex from the 13th century now houses the DA, Kunsthaus (Denkmal-Atelier), which is aimed not only at a specific art audience, but also at a broad regional public and invites active participation. In addition to numerous exhibitions, events, workshops and open art projects, the KunstKommunikation project grant is the centerpiece of the house, which supports up to four participatory art projects and interventions in rural areas on an international level every year.
Kulturgut Haus Nottbeck
The former knight's estate Haus Nottbeck is located in the Münsterland park landscape on the edge of the Oelde district of Stromberg. The history of the historic estate can be traced back to the 14th century. Today, the Haus Nottbeck cultural estate is home to the Museum of Westphalian Literature and is a regular venue for cultural events. The kulturgut Haus Nottbeck is not only a great destination for lovers of Westphalian architecture, but also for families. On nice days, the adjacent fruit meadow is a popular place for an extended picnic in a wonderful setting.
With its fascinating history, majestic architecture and picturesque parkland, Anholt moated castle has been captivating visitors for centuries. Built in the 15th century, it embodies the charm of times gone by. Far away from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the castle offers a place of peace and relaxation. Nestled in the idyllic countryside, it invites you to take a stroll through its enchanting park. An absolute must for history and architecture lovers who want to experience the feeling of bygone eras up close. A real treasure in the heart of Germany.
Time travel into monastic life
Liesborn Abbey was once one of the most important monasteries in the diocese of Münster. Today, only parts of the former monastery complex remain, such as the baroque residence of the abbot and the Gothic hall church from the 15th century. The oldest part of this church, a Romanesque tower from the 12th century, dates back to the time when the monastery was a secular convent. Today, the building is home to the Liesborn Abbey Museum. With its impressive art and cultural history collection, it is one of the most important museums in Westphalia. One special feature is certainly Europe's largest collection of crucifixes.
Medieval magic up close
In the museum Burg Vischering you can dive into past times and discover the fascinating history of the castle. With sophisticated techniques and creative displays, you will be offered a unique and vivid experience. In the exhibition rooms you will learn everything about the way of life in the early modern times and the importance of castles in the Münsterland. The knights' hall impresses with changing projections and offers the highlight of the castle. The special equipment along the moat gives you new perspectives on the historic building. A visit to the Museum Burg Vischering promises informative and exciting insights into the past.
Like in a fairy tale
Hülshoff Castle is one of the most popular excursion destinations in Münsterland, and not just because of its exciting history. In addition to the castle with the Center for Literature and the Droste Museum as well as a restaurant, the extensive park is a particular attraction for many visitors. Whether it's a picnic in the shade of the castle, short walks or following in the footsteps of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. Well-tended flowerbeds and extensive lawns invite you to linger, relax and discover. There are always wonderful views of the castle, and the park can be visited free of charge every day during the specified opening hours.