Cappenberg Castle | Place of interest in Münsterland
Cappenberg Castle in Selm
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Baroque monastic architecture
Cappenberg Castle

Cappenberg Castle

Gleaming white with a striking red roof: this is how Cappenberg Castle stands majestically and visible from afar on the ridge of the suburb of the same name in the town of Selm in southern Münsterland. It is one of the most important examples of Westphalian baroque monastic architecture. It is also the first monastery of the Catholic Premonstratensian Order in the German-speaking world.

Listed place of faith

In 1122, the last Count of Cappenberg, St. Gottfried, gave his castle and property to St. Norbert, the founder of this still very young religious order. The Romanesque collegiate church of Cappenberg was built as early as 1148 - but the present three-winged castle complex was not completed until the 17th century. Since then, it has framed the listed place of faith, which today is equally a place of pilgrimage for culture lovers and those seeking recreation.

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Wine enjoyment at Cappenberg Castle Wine enjoyment at Cappenberg Castle
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"Wine" sweeping in the castle

A wine and winemaking tradition that links Schloss Cappenberg with wine-growing regions in the Rheingau goes back to the estate's famous owner: Heinrich Friedrich Karl Freiherr vom und zum Stein. When he transferred his property to the von Kanitz family by inheritance, the winemaking tradition also remained alive and still makes Schloss Cappenberg an insider's tip for all Riesling lovers: the current owner of the castle, Sebastian Graf von Kanitz, had the former vineyard near the castle replanted with about 1,000 Riesling vines in June 2017 - as a sign of the connection with the actual growing area around Lorch. The wine specialities, which are thus historically closely interwoven with the history of the Münsterland, can be enjoyed exclusively at Cappenberg Castle. An absolute insider tip!

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Cultural centre of attraction

Today, the collegiate church is a widely known venue, not only for church services, but especially for concerts. In the main building, an impressive museum has long since made Cappenberg Castle a cultural centre of attraction. In 2021, world-class art shows will again alternate here - the permanent exhibition "Der Freiherr vom Stein und Cappenberg" is open to everyone.


I am a yellow castle

I am a yellow castle

As a highlight of the Münsterland castles and palaces region, I am open to all visitors and a real all-round experience. You are very welcome!

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