It was thanks to a feud that the prince-bishop of Münster decided to build Vischering Castle in the summer of 1271. The Droste zu Vischering received the castle as a fief from the Bishop of Münster. A defensive fortress with residential and farm buildings was built on separate islands in the middle of an extensive system of moats. The castle burnt down in 1521 and was rebuilt on the old foundations in the Renaissance style. Since then it has remained almost unchanged and gives an impression of life in the late Middle Ages and early modern times like no other Westphalian moated castle.
Vischering Castle is a monument of the Coesfeld district and one of the most important ring-mantled castles in Germany. Since its extensive renovation, which won the German Design Award, visitors can enjoy the castle under the motto "Museum. Art. The multimedia museum in the main castle gives visitors a vivid insight into the history of the castle complex and medieval life in the region. Changing cultural-historical exhibitions and top-class art exhibitions make the hearts of art lovers beat faster. Friends of jazz have long known that many famous musicians have found their way to the castle with the "BurgJazz" series. There are numerous festivals and events for families, such as the annual knights' camp, the magic gala, children's theatre and much more. Appealing participatory programmes for cultural education for school classes, kindergartens and families round off the castle's offerings.
Burg Vischering also acts as a gateway to the Münsterland castles and palaces region and provides guests with a wealth of information on the entire region.
Matinée with Cello Quartet NANI
Water and music march! is the name of the game on 20 June at the Castles and Burgs Day at Burg Vischering, when young and old are invited to let the H2Orchestra resound. There will be plenty of large, unusual "instruments", i.e. pipes, tubs and mechanical devices that produce sounds with and from water. A splash and splash piano, floating drums, diving and wave gongs, tubular bells, splash sticks and much more want to be played. If the weather cooperates, this is wonderfully refreshing fun in the surroundings of the knight's castle.
With the Austrian painter and action artist Hermann Nitsch, the Museum Burg Vischering is presenting an exceptional international artist whose works are represented in all important public and private collections throughout the world.
For more than 50 years, Herman Nitsch has been writing art history with his actions, paintings and performances and has also left his mark on the opera and theatre landscape in the German-speaking world. Accordingly, his artistic work goes far beyond the medium of painting and articulates itself as a dynamic Gesamtkunstwerk of painting, theatre, music and poetry, in which mythology, religion and philosophy merge into a fascinating unity. The exhibition is also part of the Münsterland Festival 2021.
Guided tour with Rentmeister Wernekinck
Art tour through the exhibition Hermann Nitsch