Castle Day Münsterland at Haus Rüschhaus in Münster
Haus Rüschhaus on Castle Day in Münsterland
© Münsterland e.V./Philipp Fölting
Palaces and Castles Day Münsterland
19 June 2022

Haus Rüschhaus on the occasion of the Palaces and Castles Day

Haus Rüschhaus is a country estate in the Nienberge district of Münster. It was built between 1745 and 1748 according to designs by Johann Conrad Schlaun and was occupied by him as a summer residence. The estate, whose architecture meets the standards of a feudal aristocratic residence, is designed like a rural Gräftenhof. Schlaun succeeded in creating a synthesis of a Westphalian farmhouse and a sophisticated country residence in the French style.

In 1825, the landlord of Hülshoff Castle, Baron Clemens-August II von Droste zu Hülshoff, the father of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, acquired the elegant country house. After her father's death in 1826, the poet moved with her mother and her sister Jenny into the Rüschhaus, only about five kilometres from the house where she was born in Hülshoff, and lived here until 1846.

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff lived in three small rooms on the mezzanine floor of the Rüschhaus, which she shared with her former nurse. She called her living room, where she retreated to write, her "snail's shell", and here she devoted herself literarily to her native Westphalia. Nature became her main theme. This is where she wrote her best-known work, "Die Judenbuche" (The Jewish Beech).

Droste Festival 2022


Everyone talks about city and country - but what exactly is meant by that? Who wants to get away from the big city and why? Haven't many people been living in suburbs and in-between cities for a long time, in mixed forms for which a new language has to be found? And who is talking about city and country? Especially the city? In the Droste Festival 2022 you will take a look at rural perspectives and urban realities. Under the title "Stadt/Land im Fluss" (City/Country in Flux), invitations will be extended to the Rüschhaus on the outskirts of Münster from 16 to 19 June. Annette von Droste-Hülshoff wrote about the seclusion of country life in this place. And missed the sociability of the city. The organisers will transform the place into a festival site and celebrate the great poetess together with you with readings, film screenings, concerts, picnic performances, installations and walks. Welcome to the party!

  • Start: 15:00
  • Price: adults 15,00 €, reduced 8,00 €, children and teenagers up to 18 years free of charge
  • Tickets at:
  • Meeting point: Entrance gate Haus Rüschhaus
  • Festival programme at
  • Guided tours
  • Museum in the house
  • 100 Castles Route
  • Park at the house
  • Indoor
  • Bad weather offer

More info

  • There will be a changing selection of finger food and drinks on the festival grounds on all days of the Droste Festival.
  • Hülshoff Castle is easy to reach by bike and car and is also part of the castles and palaces day.
  • Haus Rüschhaus is on the 100 Castles Route.
  • A tour of the grounds is possible at any time.
  • A tour of the interior is possible as part of the programme.


  • House Rüschhaus
  • At the Rüschhaus 81
  • 48161 Münster
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