The listed Kolvenburg in Billerbeck has experienced a chequered history. Little is known about its beginnings. It was probably originally a two-part complex. The formerly enclosed castle grounds existed at the latest since the 13th century. The Kolvenburg - as we know it today - was built at the end of the 16th century as a castle of the lower landed gentry from Baumberg sandstone and has not been structurally altered since. Its unique historical architecture as well as the cathedral-like roof truss, which is probably the largest wooden secular roof truss in Westphalia, are unique. After extensive renovation between 1958 and 1975, the Kolvenburg was opened on 18 September 1976 as the cultural centre of the Coesfeld district.
Today, it is a popular tourist attraction with an atmospheric ambience and a wide range of cultural events of different and cross-generational formats - from top-class concerts and contemporary art exhibitions to annual spring and Advent markets.
The Kolvenburg is one of Billerbeck's most beautiful buildings. During an architectural tour, you will learn about the eventful history of the Kolvenburg from the 13th century to the present day and take a look at the many historical traces: fireplaces, niches, stone cannonballs and other objects that make every visit to the Kolvenburg so exciting. The tour ends with a special highlight in the castle's cathedral-like roof truss from the 16th century.
The castles of the Middle Ages served as defensive fortifications for their noble rulers. For hostile persons often attacked the estates. With bow and arrow, the manors were defended against the attackers from the battlements. Small guests will playfully become "defenders of the castle" here. Archery for children is all about the fun and art of drawing a bow properly, aiming correctly and - if things go well - hitting the target. But with a little concentration and skill, it should work!