Kakesbeck Castle in Lüdinghausen | Place of interest in Münsterland
Kakesbeck Castle in Lüdinghausen
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Well protected behind mighty walls
Kakesbeck Castle

Kakesbeck Castle

It is one of the largest medieval fortifications in the Münsterland and the oldest castle in the "town of water castles" Lüdinghausen: the mighty Kakesbeck Castle. Embedded in the green park landscape and right next to the Stever, the estate is charmingly situated. In the future, visitors will be able to experience much more, because a new chapter in the castle's history is being opened here.

On the way to a new era

The imposingly grown complex originated in 1120 as a motte, a small hilltop tower castle. After numerous changes of ownership, the castle was extended onto two islands, but it was not until the 14th century that it underwent significant alterations and extensions under the von Oer family. The estate experienced its heyday in the mid-18th century, when the complex covered an area of almost one square kilometre and consisted of five further outer castles in addition to the core castle, which were secured by ramparts and moats. The well-maintained condition of the castle today is thanks to the late Dr Wilfried Grewing, the former lord of the castle. The foundation named after him has been particularly committed to the preservation of the property since 2020. In the future, the castle is to be made accessible to the general public with its own gastronomy, guided tours and events.

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Service at Kakesbeck Castle

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Kakesbeck Castle

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The iron collar

There is a dramatic story about the family member Knight Lambert von Oer: caught in an ambush, his adversary put an iron spiked collar on him, which he only managed to open by a life-threatening and daring act. The collar is on display at Vischering Castle, and a replica true to the original is on show at Kakesbeck Castle.

4 Tips for Kakesbeck Castle

  • Plan enough time for a visit to the castles in Lüdinghausen. Nearby, there are two other historical buildings well worth seeing, Vischering Castle and Lüdinghausen Castle.
  • There is also a lot going on at nearby Senden Castle. Just like Kakesbeck Castle, the castle is currently being carefully restored.
  • Along the Kakesbeck Castle, the 100 Castles Route and the SteverLand Route invite you to discover and enjoy the Münsterland park landscape.
  • The staff at the tourist information office in the Lüdinghaus have lots of tips and information ready for you. You can also rent a bike for your cycling tour here.

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