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Anholt moated castle in Münsterland
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Anholt moated castle

Anholt moated castle

Anholt moated castle in Isselburg is one of the most impressive castle complexes in Westphalia and has been the family property of the princely house of zu Salm and zu Salm-Salm and privately inhabited since 1641. The moated castle is surrounded by 35 hectares of magnificent castle park. Directly adjacent to the historic landscape park is a golf course and the Anholter Schweiz, which is well worth a visit. Don't miss a short trip across the border into the beautiful Achterhoek.

The Anholt estate - an impressive history

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. This feudal relationship came to an end in the 13th century, when the lordship of Anholt became independent of the empire and the property passed to the counts of Bronckhorst-Batenburg. When Countess Maria Anna von Bronckhorst-Batenburg married Prince Leopold Philipp Carl zu Salm in 1641, the Anholt estate passed to the House of Salm, which still owns it today.

The characteristic landmark of the moated castle is still the keep, the "Dicke Turm", dating from the 12th century. From the 14th to the 16th century, the former core castle was considerably extended and expanded and already acquired its present dimensions during this time. Under Prince Carl Theodor Otto zu Salm (1645-1710), the castle was converted and extended into a representative Baroque residence.

To this day, Anholt moated castle is one of the few buildings in North Rhine-Westphalia that is still privately owned, but can be visited on a guided tour. Visitors gain insights into the representative salons, private rooms and the 1000-year history of the house. The art to be discovered still bears witness to the family's passion for collecting - be it porcelain, baroque furniture, glass, coins, weapons or the historic book collection. The internationally renowned Old Master collection is particularly worth seeing. The outer castle houses the Parkhotel with gastronomic offerings, including a spacious outdoor terrace with a view of the magnificent park.

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

Tour information

  • Season 2022: Guided tour of the Beletage of the main castle with Court Kitchen and Thick Tower.
  • The castle park is accessible all year round during the specified opening hours

The best experiences at Anholt moated castle

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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
  • private estate

Anholt moated castle

Öffnungszeiten vom 01.04. to 01.11.
  • Monday
    10:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Tuesday
    10:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Wednesday
    10:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Thursday
    10:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Friday
    10:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Saturday
    10:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    10:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Die angegebenen Öffnungszeiten beziehen sich auf den Zugang zum historischen Schlosspark. Die Ticketkasse für den Park ist besetzt in der Zeit von 10.30 - 16.30 Uhr. Eintrittskarten sind  über den Onlineshop buchbar!


  • Hausführung: aktuell buchbar ist eine 1-stündige Führung durch die repräsentativen Säle und Salons auf der Beletage der Hauptburg mit ausgesuchten Exponaten aus den fürstlichen Kunstsammlungen sowie "Dicker Turm" und Hofküche aus dem 15. Jahrhundert. Termine und Zeiten finden Sie im Onlineshop der Wasserburg: wasserburg-anholt.ticketfritz.de


  • Restkarten für Hausführungen sind nur bei Verfügbarkeit an der Ticketkasse erhältlich. Die Vorbuchung des gewünschten Termins wird empfohlen! 
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