Schloss Dyck in Jüchen, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Castles & Fortresses

Insights into the past before fairy-tale backdrops

All over NRW, grand castles and imposing fortresses have exciting tales to tell from different eras. Many of the castles and fortresses are great places to visit for a weekend day trip, with their English landscaped gardens, baroque parks, museums and art exhibitions. They also offer the perfect setting for weddings and events.

Schloss Falkenlust ist elegant ausgestattet und eingerichtet, © Horst Gummersbach

The Brühl Palaces

Baroque buildings of exemplary character

The Baroque splendour in Brühl is enough to take visitors’ breath away. Anyone standing on the staircase understands why other princely courts once looked enviously upon Brühl.

Read more
Die Barockbrücke, heute auch Hochzeitsbrücke genannt, ist im Park von Schloss Dyck ein beliebtes Fotomotiv., © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Schloss Dyck

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Ausblick auf das Schloss Benrath, © Stiftung Schloss und Park Benrath

Benrath Palace and Castle Park

Magnificent Düsseldorf structure and park

Düsseldorf’s grandiosity is not limited to the designer shops of the Königsallee: Benrath Palace is considered the state capital’s most important architectural work of art.

Read more
Fahrradfahrer vor dem Schloss Anholt, © Thorsten Brönner, www.thorstenbroenner.de

Anholt Castle and Park

A moated castle in Münsterland

The former fortress is one of the most beautiful moated castles in Münsterland. Whilst great art awaits inside the castle, the outdoor area entices visitors to take a walk through the Baroque park.

Read more
Schloss Nordkirchen wird auch „Westfälisches Versailles“ genannt, © Foto Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

Nordkirchen Castle

The Versailles of NRW

The park is one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe and along with the magnificent palace, this Münsterland enclosure is considered the "Westphalian Versailles".

Read more
Schloss Moyland ist ein Wasserschloss bei Bedburg-Hau, © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Moyland Castle in Bedburg-Hau

A Lower Rhine Mecca for fans of Beuys

Discover Joseph Beuys in detail: the imposing Moyland Castlein Bedburg-Hau houses the world's largest collection of works by the major artist from the Lower Rhine.

Read more
Das ehemalige Kloster und heutige Schloss Corvey ist heute Wohnort des Herzoglichen Hauses Ratibor und Corvey, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


Westphalia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site

Westphalia gained its first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014: The former Benedictine abbey at Corvey with the same name as the lost monastery town is permitted to carry this title.

Read more
Die Sparrenburg thront auf dem 180 Meter hohen Sparrenberg, © Bielefeld Marketing GmbH

Sparrenburg Bielefeld

The most famous castle in the Teutoburg Forest

Experience medieval adventure and enjoy exquisite views: perched high above Bielefeld, the Sparrenburg offers a magnificent view over the Teutoburg Forest.

Read more