Anyone heading for the small car park at Haus Rüschhaus will have no idea what a gem of late Baroque architecture lies behind the small wood. Only a few kilometres fromMünster's city centre , Haus Rüschhaus is a popular destination for cyclists and hikers.
The Westphalian Baroque master builder Johann Conrad Schlaun (1695 - 1773) built Haus Rüschhaus as his own country residence from 1745 to 1749 on an old farmstead. For the design of the house, he combined features of rural and representative, stately architecture both inside and out. He gave the island of the moats a clearly defined form and laid out a symmetrically structured kitchen garden and ornamental garden in keeping with the style of the time.
After the death of her father, the author Annette von Droste-Hülshoff moved with her mother and her sister Jenny to the Rüschhaus, only about five kilometres from the house where she was born in Hülshoff, where she lived from 1826 to 1846 and where she wrote, among other things, "The Jewish Book".
Droste lived in three small rooms on the mezzanine floor of the Rüschhaus, which she shared with her former nurse. She called her living room, where she retreated to write, her snail's shell.
The kitchen garden, overgrown in her day, was later restored as a baroque garden according to Schlaun's original plans. This beautiful "secret" nestles against the back of the house and offers ever-changing views from spring to autumn. A wonderful place for a walk in the historical ambience.
Here, where Droste wrote much of her poetry and prose, Sonja Lesniak, project manager of "Droste Digital", takes you on a private tour of the Biedermeier rooms of the not always open Rüschhaus.