The day of the event takes travelers into another world, © Münsterland e.V., Philipp Foelting

Castles and Fort­resses Day

Ex­per­i­ence his­tor­ic­al loc­a­tions in Mün­ster­land anew

About 40 his­tor­ic­al build­ings will turn in­to cul­tur­al centres with a pro­gramme of events on the Castles and Fort­resses Day in Mün­ster­land. Sev­er­al in­sti­tu­tions that are not oth­er­wise open to the pub­lic are in­volved as well. Ath­let­ic guests may join walk­ing or cyc­ling groups to travel between the ven­ues.

Would you like to follow the history of a noble family in the magnificent knights’ hall? Do you prefer to explore the historic tower room on a guided tour? Might you rather stroll through the castle gardens to the sound of engaging music? All of this is possible on the Castles and Fortresses Day in Münsterland.

Around 40 locations open their doors to guests who want to immerse themselves in a different time while experiencing cultural delights for one day in June every summer. Since 2017, visitors to the event have been able to explore impressive fortresses, magnificent manor houses, historical buildings, monasteries steeped in history, and important knightly estates, including some places that are not otherwise open to the public.

A new look at sights

The treasures of the culturally rich Münsterland are presented in a new guise on this day, as some of their sections, such as castle walls, moats, or towers, will be illuminated. Readings, concerts, and performances take place in the castle courtyards while art exhibitions and hands-on activities are waiting for visitors inside the buildings.

Anyone who doesn’t want to drive from venue to venue may join walking or cycling groups that jauntily move from place to place. Several groups set out at different times, e.g. heading for Raesfeld Castle, Cappenberg Castle, Hülshoff Castle, Bentlage Monastery, Vischering Castle, or Nordkirchen Castle. Sections of the 100 Castles Route with its four circuits are also covered.

Date: 16 June 2024

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A picnic is possible on many green areas around the historic buildings, © Münsterland e.V., Philipp Foelting
Raesfeld Castle is an insider tip for nature fans and globetrotters, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
In the park of Nordkirchen Castle, visitors can discover different sculptures, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
In the park of Burg Hülshoff, benches offer wonderful views of the moated castle, © Münsterland e.V., Philipp Foelting
Junker Jörg sells freshly baked bread on the bakery window at Vischering Castle, © Münsterland e.V., Philipp Foelting

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