Haus Assen in Lippetal | Place of interest in Münsterland
House Assen in Lippetal
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From noble residence to monastery
House Assen

House Assen

The valley of the Lippe has been an important trade route for ages. No wonder that impressive historical buildings are strung here like a string of pearls. Assen Castle, with its thousand-year history, is one of the oldest buildings. Today, it is all the more worthwhile to take a look behind the historic walls. The castle tours are a great journey through history.

Seat of a Catholic order

Founded in 1023 by Emperor Heinrich II, Haus Assen repeatedly changed owners over the next 300 years. With the purchase of the estate in 1396 by Röttger von Ketteler, the house began to take shape: Thus, in 1564, the present Renaissance castle was built. About a hundred years later, it became the property of the von Galen family, who lived there until 2002. In 1997, Bernhard Graf von Galen donated the property to the religious community "Servi Jesu et Mariae", which ran a boys' boarding school there for almost 20 years.

Today, Haus Assen is used as a spiritual centre and meeting place for youth and family. Its extensive offer includes retreats, faith courses, family weekends as well as youth offers such as scout camps and knights' days.

Münsterland in detail

The Lippe Renaissance

When visiting the castles and palaces in the Lippe Valley, you should take a close look at the exterior facades. Some of the most important historical buildings are decorated with circles, semicircles, squares and rhomboids. These buildings, which come under the heading of "Lippe Renaissance", exude their own unique charm and set them apart from the other buildings in the region. In Münsterland, these include Hovestadt Castle, Crassenstein Castle, Geist House and Assen House.

Map | House Assen

  • 100 Castles Route
  • Guided tours
  • Park at the house
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • child friendly

House Assen

Öffnungszeiten vom 01.01. to 31.12.
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  • Tuesday
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  • Sunday

1x/ Monat Führungen von März- Oktober

Feste Termine: 1. Burgen und Schlösser Tag; 3. Sonntag im Juni Ab 13.00 geöffnet freier zutritt der innere Parkanlage; 14.00 Führungen Schlosshof, Kapelle und einige Räume. Förderverein verkauft Kaltgetränke

2.Fahradthon der Gemeinde Lippetal ; 2. Sonntag im August geöffnet ab 13.00 Halbstündliche Führungen Schlosshof, Kapelle und einige Räume. Förderverein verkauft Kaltgetränke

3. Denkmaltag Ab 13.00 geöffnet freier zutritt der innere Parkanlage; 14.00  und 15.30 Uhr Führungen Schlosshof, Kapelle und einige Räume. Der Förderverein verkauft Kaltgetränke Der Eintritt ist an diesem Tag frei. 2022 am 11.9.

2022 letzte Öffentliche Führung: 2.10 15.00

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Weitere Führungen für Gruppen ab 10 Personen nach Absprache fuehrung@haus


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House Assen can only be entered during a guided tour or event.

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Sights around Assen Castle


5 Tips for the Assen House

  • The 100 Castles Route leads directly past Haus Assen and opens the way to 4,500 km of signposted cycle paths.
  • In Lippetal, one of the most magnificent buildings on the Lippe awaits you with Hovestadt Castle.
  • The Willenbrink Inn is known for its excellent regional cuisine.
  • You can also visit the inside of Haus Assen on a guided tour. Dates can be found in our calendar of events.
  • The"Rein ins Vergrünen" cycle tour takes you to the most beautiful buildings in the Lippe valley in 2 days.
I am a green castle

My castle grounds are open to the public. With my nearby green spaces or forests, I offer you a great nature experience.

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