English inspiration surrounded by water
The park, with its old trees, still looks just as it did in the 19th century. At the same time, as an international centre for garden art, Schloss Dyck’s latest developments have a lot to offer.
Schloss Dyck in Jüchen, Lower Rhine, is one of the most culturally and historically important moated castles in North Rhine-Westphalia. The castle is set within an English landscaped garden. With outer baileys and courts, it is spread over four islands in the Kelzenberger Bach. The castle has been owned by the princely Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck family since the 14th century. The princes replaced the castle’s Baroque garden with the current English-inspired castle park in 1794. Numerous renowned landscape architects and garden designers helped to shape the park, including Thomas Blaikie and Peter Joseph Lenné.
Today’s Centre for Garden Art and Landscape Design
In 1999 Schloss Dyck became an international centre for garden art and landscape design. The grounds captivate with their themed and model gardens, avenues, wooded paths and meadows with an old tree population. Other impressive features are the shrub gardens with azaleas and rhododendrons, the flowerbeds, the variety of trees and the flowering meadows during the summer months. The Schloss Dyck grounds are some of the oldest and most diverse in Germany. The Schlosspark (Castle Park) also contains a high-rope course for climbing fans. The special atmosphere exuded by the castle also draws thousands of visitors a year to seasonal events and markets. Highlights include the illumina, a festival of lights that bathes the castle park in a magical light at dusk.
Park and castle are open year round, except on 24, 25 and 31 December