The Kolvenburg in Billerbeck on Castle Day
© Münsterland e.V. / Philipp Fölting
Palaces and Castles Day Münsterland
19 June 2022

The Kolvenburg for the Castles and Burgs Day

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.

Art exhibition "Different Echoes

10:00 - 17:00

"Different Echoes" is a renowned art project by Nikola Dimitrov, Friedhelm Falke, Ekkehard Neumann, Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Götz Sambale, Elly Valk-Verheijen and Annette Wesseling, who have been exhibiting together in various houses since 2016. The project title refers to an ambiguity, because the works, reduced in form and colour, not only have an effect on their own, but also enter into an exciting exchange with the space as an ensemble. In this way Different Echoes unfolds a special effect in the Kolvenburg in the interplay of painting, sculpture, new media and the historic walls of the castle.

  • Start: 10:00
  • End: 17:00
  • Price: free of charge
  • no registration required

Guided tour "Kolvenburg up to the roof

11:00 h

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.

Archery for children

11:00 - 16:00

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. Young 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!

  • Start: 11:00 am
  • End: 16:00 hrs
  • Costs: free of charge
  • Registration: no registration necessary
  • Meeting place: Meadow at the Kolvenburg

Guided tour through the exhibition "Different Echoes

14:00 h

Artist Doris Kastner leads through the current exhibition and provides exciting background information on the works and the work of the artists represented.

Family concert with Duo Andromeda


The Duo Andromeda, consisting of accordionist Katharina König and guitarist Julia Bowkunnyi, sees itself as a music mediator and takes children as well as adults on a musical journey of discovery. The repertoire of the two artists, who have already won numerous awards, consists mainly of older pieces of music and contemporary compositions.

  • Start: 15:00 h
  • Duration: approx. 60 minutes
  • Price: free of charge
  • no registration required

Service at the Kolvenburg

  • Guided tours
  • Indoor
  • Park by the house
  • for groups
  • Public WC
  • WLAN hotspot
  • Rest area / picnic area

More info

  • The Kolvenburg is open on the day of the event from 10:00 to 17:30 with free admission.
  • Free parking is available near the property.
  • The 1st floor and the roof truss are not barrier-free accessible.
  • The castle is close to the 100 Castles Route. You can simply take a short detour on the southern route.


  • Kolvenburg
  • At the Kolvenburg 3
  • 48727 Billerbeck
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