Anholt moated castle in Münsterland
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Anholt moated castle

Anholt moated castle

Wasserburg Anholt in Isselburg is certainly one of the most impressive castle complexes in Westphalia. Directly adjacent to Anholt moated castle is the magnificent castle park, Anholt Switzerland, which is well worth seeing, with a replica of Lake Lucerne and various animal enclosures, as well as a golf course. You should not miss a short trip across the border. It is only a few kilometres to Dinxperlo in the Netherlands.

An impressive history - The Princes of Salm-Salm

As early as the 12th century, there was a fortified castle to protect the bishopric of Utrecht. In 1169, a lord of Sulen "en Anholt" was mentioned for the first time as a feudal lord of the Utrecht bishop Gottfried von Rhenen.
However, the feudal relationship lasted only until the early 13th century, when Anholt Castle became an imperial possession. The castle fell to the lords of Bronkhorst-Batenburg, later to the lords of Salm and Salm-Salm. The noble family even had the right to produce their own money.
The mighty tower from the 12th century is still a characteristic feature of Anholt moated castle today. Built on oak piles, a lattice of wood and with a stone foundation, it was erected in the 14th century and later expanded as a Baroque residence. Anholt Castle has been the residence of the Princes of Salm-Salm since 1647. Today it is still one of the few castles in North Rhine-Westphalia that is privately owned. Today, the moated castle houses a romantic hotel and a museum that is well worth seeing.

Due to its location in the triangle of Münsterland, the Lower Rhine and the Netherlands, cyclists have literally unlimited possibilities here. A cycling tour through the 3 regions is just as worthwhile as a tour on the 100 castles route.

Current information on Anholt moated castle

Caution: Construction site!

The moated castle is currently being modernised. In the coming weeks, further construction work will take place in the area of the parking spaces and the driveway. We apologise for any restrictions in appearance and accessibility.

The castle park will open its doors again on 1 August. The hotel and its catering facilities will also be open.

The museum will remain closed until spring 2021.

Corona note
  • The parks, hotel and restaurants are open.
  • The princely art collections are still closed.

Information about the visit

The princely art collections can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Admission to the park is compulsory.

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Service & Offers

  • Guided tours
  • Gastronomy in the house
  • Museum in the house
  • Overnight stay possible
  • 100 Castles Route
  • Park at the house
  • Indoor

Anholt moated castle

Öffnungszeiten vom 01.03. to 31.12.
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    closed
  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
    closed
  • Friday
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  • Saturday
    closed
  • Sunday
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  • Die fürstlichen Kunstsammlungen können nur im Rahmen einer Führung besucht werden.
  • Der Wohnsitz des Fürsten zu Salm mit seinen Kunstsammlungen  bleibt bis zur Sommersaison 2021 für Besucher geschlossen.

Anholt moated castle

Öffnungszeiten vom 29.03. to 31.12.
  • Monday
    10:30 Uhr bis 16:30 Uhr
  • Tuesday
    10:30 Uhr bis 16:30 Uhr
  • Wednesday
    10:30 Uhr bis 16:30 Uhr
  • Thursday
    10:30 Uhr bis 16:30 Uhr
  • Friday
    10:30 Uhr bis 16:30 Uhr
  • Saturday
    10:30 Uhr bis 16:30 Uhr
  • Sunday
    10:30 Uhr bis 16:30 Uhr
  • In der Zeit vom 13.3.-29.3.21 nur Sa und So geöffnet, ab dem 29.3. wieder täglich

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