Surrounded by woods and meadows, Haus Dyckburg at the gates of Münster invites you to relax and marvel. The former moated castle today consists of a church, a rectory and some residential and farm buildings of the outer castle. The latter are the oldest surviving parts of the estate. The Church of St. Mary's Ascension, also known as the Dyckburg Church, is particularly worth seeing. The architect is no stranger: the Westphalian baroque master builder Johann C. Schlaun also designed the castle and the Erbdrostenhof, among others. The beautiful baroque elements cannot be overlooked, especially inside the church. A tour of the interior is possible on request during a church service. In addition to a visit to the small, charming church, the idyllic surroundings are suitable for hiking and cycling tours.
Haus Dyckburg goes back to a former moated castle that was first mentioned in a document in 1400 as "masus to dycke" (house to the pond). Around the 16th century, it served the Prince-Bishop of Waldeck as a base for the siege of Münster.
A few centuries later, the estate was then rebuilt: the two imposing farm buildings and the access gate were added. The church by architect Schlaun followed in 1740. It is based on the Italian pilgrimage basilica of Loreto. In the 19th century, the building was finally extended by the neo-baroque choir area and a burial chapel.
In 1921, the church, rectory and garden were donated to the parish of St. Mauritz. The Dyckburg estate itself was sold by the count's second wife in 1923 to the city of Münster, which still owns it today.
A tour of the interior of the Dyckburg Church is only possible on request or during a church service. You can see the service times here. The former outer castle buildings are privately occupied and therefore cannot be visited. However, you can explore the grounds free of charge at any time.