Castle Day at Cappenberg Castle in Münsterland
Cappenberg Castle near Selm
© Kreis Unna, Oliver Nauditt
Palaces and Castles Day Münsterland
19 June 2022

Cappenberg Castle for the Castles and Palaces Day

Cappenberg Palace in Selm is one of the most important examples of Westphalian baroque monastic architecture. The architecture of the mighty three-winged complex is based on the principle of uncomplicated large-scale forms, which can also be found in the monastery buildings in Corvey and Marienfeld, which were built at about the same time. There are many indications that this complex was one of the oldest and most famous noble castles in Westphalia, whose roots go back to the Carolingian era.
The collegiate church of Cappenberg is a three-nave Romanesque pillar basilica that was completed in 1148. At the end of the 14th century, St. John the Evangelist was Gothically reworked and vaulted. The church is furnished with valuable objects: choir stalls, two important tombs, triumphal cross, winged altar by the "Master of Cappenberg" and many other precious objects can be found there. 

Guided tour: In search of clues

10:30 and 15:30

What did the town of Cappenberg mean to Baron vom Stein? On this guided tour, you will trace its significance for the statesman who chose Cappenberg as his retirement home in 1816, but was still politically active. On the other hand, how did the artist Heinrich Graf Luckner feel about this place? He created a large mural here - in the rooms of Cappenberg Castle. How was the painter involved in the place and helped shape it? On this day, you can go in search of clues...

  • Start: 10:30 a.m. | 3:30 p.m.
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Price: free of charge
  • no registration required
  • Meeting point: at the museum ticket office

Public guided tour: temporary exhibition

11:30 and 14:30

The public guided tours of the temporary exhibition of the district of Unna "Heinrich Graf Luckner - An Artist and Cappenberg Castle" will take place as usual. On Castles and Palaces Day, however, they are free of charge. An absolute highlight is the artist's mural in the fireplace room. It is the only surviving mural in the castle and therefore something very special.

  • Start: 11:30 a.m. | 2:30 p.m.
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Price: free of charge
  • no registration required
  • Meeting point: at the museum ticket office

Greek myths and exciting wildlife

13:00

The painter Heinrich Graf Luckner had two major creative themes: the world of animals and the world of ancient legends. In this guided tour you will take a closer look at both worlds. The artist paid particular attention to horses. Immerse yourself in a fascinating world of Greek myths and the exciting animal world. This tour is especially suitable for children and teenagers.

  • Start: 13:00
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Price: free of charge
  • No registration required
  • Meeting point: at the museum ticket office

Public guided tour: Permanent exhibition

13:00

The public guided tour of the LWL's permanent exhibition "Besuch beim Freiherr vom Stein" (Visit to Baron von Stein) is exceptionally free of charge on Palaces and Castles Day. You will get a glimpse behind the scenes of how the castle was run during von Stein's lifetime. You will also learn details about the Baron's family history and his career.

  • Start: 13:00
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Price: free of charge
  • no registration required
  • Meeting point: at the museum ticket office

Service at Cappenberg Castle

  • Gastronomy in the house
  • 100 Castles Route
  • Dogs allowed
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • WLAN hotspot

More info

  • The car park is in front of the castle grounds, or near the former game park (within easy walking distance).
  • The nearest bus stop is also directly at the castle.
  • The park is open to visitors from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • The exhibitions at Cappenberg Castle and the collegiate church are barrier-free.
  • Cappenberg Castle is located on the Roman-Lippe Route and the 100 Castles Route.

Address & Arrival

  • Cappenberg Castle
  • Schlossberg
  • 59379 Selm

Arrival by bus and train

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