Schloss Homburg im Winter, © Tourismus NRW e.V

Hom­burg Castle

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.

Open­ing hours:
April - Oc­to­ber:
Tues­day - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00, Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Novem­ber - March:
Tues­day - Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00

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