Schloss Nordkirchen Parklandschaft © Münsterland e.V.

Nordkirchen Castle


The Ver­sailles of NRW

The park is one of the most beau­ti­ful gar­dens in Europe and along with the mag­ni­fi­cent palace, this Mün­ster­land en­clos­ure is con­sidered the "West­phali­an Ver­sailles".

Schloss Nordkirchen in the Coes­feld dis­trict of Mün­ster­land is one of the most im­port­ant castles in North Rhine-West­phalia, and the largest moated castle in the West­phalia re­gion. Schloss Nordkirchen is known as the "West­phali­an Ver­sailles" thanks to its enorm­ous di­men­sions and Baroque lay­out, as well as the im­press­ive land­scape and garden design in the ad­ja­cent castle garden. The castle and park were de­signed by West­phali­an Baroque ar­chi­tect Jo­hann Con­rad Sch­laun. The palace build­ing it­self, with its splen­did halls and High Baroque chapel with sump­tu­ous stucco work, ceil­ing fres­coes and wood carvings, can be vis­ited on Sundays and pub­lic hol­i­days on hourly guided tours.

The Schlossgarten (Palace Garden) is one of the most beau­ti­ful grounds in Europe. Nu­mer­ous noted garden de­sign­ers have helped shape the garden since the con­struc­tion of the castle in the 18th cen­tury by Prince-Bish­op Friedrich Chris­ti­an von Mün­ster of the Pletten­berg-Len­hausen dyn­asty. Some parts of the palace park are in the style of an Eng­lish land­scape garden, whilst oth­ers have been “re-Baroque-ised” over the course of time. The palace garden still provides a real fas­cin­a­tion with its lawn par­terres and par­terres de bro­der­ie, its to­pi­ary and its many sculp­tures in the park, not for­get­ting its av­en­ues and path­ways. Schloss Nordkirchen and its im­port­ant park have been des­ig­nated worthy of pro­tec­tion and as an “art­work of in­ter­na­tion­al stand­ing” by UN­ESCO.

Open­ing hours:
The park is ac­cess­ible year round.
The castle can only be vis­ited on a guided tour.

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Schloss Nordkirchen wird auch „Westfälisches Versailles“ genannt, © Foto Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.
Das Schloss Nordkirchen mit einer alten Statue, © Oliver Franke, Tourismus NRW e.V.
Beim Spaziergang treffen Besucher auf Statuen und Skulpturen, © Foto Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.
Von oben betrachtet wird der Schlossgarten zu einem Kunstwerk, © Münsterland e.V.
Zahlreiche Skulpturen säumen den Nordkirchener Schlossgarten, © Foto Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

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