Homburg Castle Nümbrecht
The Baroque jewel of Bergisches Land
From the 11th century to the present day: the museum of Homburg Castle is not all visitors can experience at the historic castle.
Homburg Castle is a symbol of the Oberbergisch district and also a place steeped in history. Sitting on a wooded hillside near Nümbrecht, this hilltop castle was probably built in the 13th century by the Count of Sayn. However, archaeological findings indicate that there was already a round tower dating from the 11th century where the stone keep was once located.
Expansion and modernisation work in the 17th and 18th centuries gave the early medieval castle buildings the look of a Baroque palace, which lends the site its current charm. The newly restored castle now houses the Museum des Oberbergischen Kreises (Oberbergisch District Museum), where visitors can enjoy permanent exhibitions on subjects including cultural and natural history. The castle grounds are also home to an open-air museum, where visitors can view a historic saw and grain mill, as well as a 19th century bakery.
The Baroque castle was expanded with an architectural renovation in 2014. The new lobby, new bright exhibition rooms and the forum now facilitate the modern use of the castle. Under its slogan of “Culture in Dialogue” the new forum regularly hosts events such as concerts, readings and film screenings, as well as weddings, parties and conferences. Even the complex’s outdoor area presents its own highlight: a lawn maze was created in front of the landscaped house, further accenting the Baroque gardens.