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Palaces and castles


In­sights in­to the past be­fore fairytale back­drops

All over the Kulturland (NRW land of culture), grand castles and imposing fortresses have exciting tales to tell from different eras. With their English landscaped gardens, Baroque parks, museums and art exhibitions, they provide fantastic weekend excursion destinations. The impressive buildings also offer the perfect setting for weddings and events. Discover the most visited and impressive palaces and castles in the Kulturland under “architectural masterpieces”, “residences steeped in history” and “diverse experience destinations”.

Please note that interested parties should check the websites of the castles to see whether dates and opening times have changed. There you will usually find information on behavioral requirements, access limits and hygiene measures as well. 

The most beau­ti­ful palaces and castles in NRW


In­sights in­to the past be­fore fairytale back­drops