Aussenansicht Burg Hülshoff, Havixbeck, © Ralph Sondermann, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Burg Hülshoff in Havixbeck

A pic­tur­esque moated castle trans­formed in­to the Cen­ter for Lit­er­at­ure

Two cen­tur­ies ago, the birth­place of the poet An­nette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797-1848) was already a show-place of out­stand­ing po­etry and sharp-wit­ted re­flec­tion on the world. Over the next few years, the moated castle in Mün­ster­länd’s Havixbeck is to be trans­formed in­to a “fu­ture loc­a­tion for lit­er­at­ure”.

Picturesquely embedded in a generous baroque park, Burg Hülshoff primarily served as a retreat for the aristocratic Droste zu Hülshoff family at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, on the other hand, the largely preserved renaissance buildings including the outer bailey is an open, public facility. As a multifunctional event and exhibition centre, it will be open to all genres. From literature to music and performances to socio-political and scientific topics, events are to be held throughout the entire facility.

Lifestyles of the nobility

The Droste Museum is already at home in the Villa Schonebeck manor house, built in the ‘Jugendstil’ or art nouveau style. Here, visitors gain lively insights into the lifestyles of Münsterländ’s nobility during the Classical and Biedermeier periods. In addition to this, the richly decorated family library and some personal items are reminders of one of Germany’s most important poets, whose work still has an impact today. From the magnificent garden hall, visitors are then treated to view of the castle moat and the park, which is a popular destination for walkers in the summer months.

The poet’s ancestors acquired the former knight’s seat in 1417 and expanded it. Annette von Droste-Hülshoff lived and worked here until her father’s sudden death. At the age of 29, she, her mother and her sister moved to Haus Rüschhaus just five kilometres away. The elegant country manor, framed by two small pavilions and a baroque garden, was where she wrote what is probably her most famous work: Die Judenbuche (The Jew’s Beech).

A place of change and dialogue

Both of the building complexes are now seen as one and are the show-place for the new Center for Literature, which under the direction of literary scholar and author Dr Jörg Albrecht is considered to be a place of constant change and dialogue. The Lyrikweg connects Burg Hülshoff and Haus Rüschhaus with each other since June 2021. At 20 stations in the landscape, the path traces the changes in literature, everyday culture and nature through the centuries.

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Burg Hülshoff
Schonebeck 6
48329 Havixbeck

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Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 18:30
Thursday 11:00 - 18:30
Friday 11:00 - 18:30
Saturday 11:00 - 18:30
Sunday 11:00 - 18:30
Holiday 11:00 - 18:30

The opening hours given above apply to the Droste Museum.
The park is accessible Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The entire facility is closed from 24 to 27 December.

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