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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. Please note that in­ter­ested parties should check the web­sites of the mu­seums 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.

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.

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Schloss Falkenlust ist elegant ausgestattet und eingerichtet, © Horst Gummersbach

The Brühl Palaces Brühl

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.

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

Nordkirchen Castle Nordkirchen

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".

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Schloss Homburg im Winter, © Tourismus NRW e.V

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.

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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

Since its res­tor­a­tion in the 1990s the neo-goth­ic wa­ter castle is a sig­ni­fic­ant mu­seum for mod­ern and con­tem­por­ary art. Be­sides oth­ers the found­a­tion mu­seum Schloss Moy­land pos­sesses the world’s largest col­lec­tion of art works from Joseph Beuys and is a re­search centre of in­ter­na­tion­al de­gree. Moreover his­tor­ic­al gar­dens stretch around the castle at the Lower Rhine.

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

Cor­vey Höx­ter

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.

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

An­holt Castle and Park An­holt

A moated castle in Mün­ster­land

The 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.

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

Ben­rath Palace and Castle Park Düs­sel­dorf

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.

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

Schloss Dyck Jüchen

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.

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