Hülshoff Castle near Havixbeck is one of the most popular destinations in Münsterland. When you visit, you are greeted by the extensive park. Well-tended flowerbeds alternate with spacious lawns. The castle soon attracts everyone's attention. Picturesquely surrounded by expanses of water, Hülshoff Castle is an imposing sight without being bulky.
It's worthwhile to walk around the castle on the paths that have been laid out. Ever new perspectives reveal the full beauty of the historic building. Finally, you reach the inner courtyard of the castle, which leads to the Droste Museum and the castle restaurant. The museum not only describes the life of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, but also gives an insight into the aristocratic life of the time.
The restaurant in the castle's vaulted cellar is open daily from April to November. In good weather, you can also relax and enjoy the culinary offerings in the inner courtyard.
As the birthplace of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, literature has always played a special role. With the Center for Literature, the castle will in future become a centre for research and further development of literature, focusing on dialogue with other arts. The exciting projects will become visible in numerous events and make Hülshoff Castle a cultural jewel in Münsterland.
Hülshoff Castle is a typical Westphalian moated castle, which is mentioned in documents as early as the 11th century as the Oberhof ,,Zum Hülshof". In 1417, the ancestors of the poet acquired the knight's seat. The manor house was built under Heinrich I von Droste zu Hülshoff between 1540 and 1545 and is today the oldest part of the castle.
To this day, it presents itself as a closed Renaissance complex whose high three-tiered gables are unadorned. The interior of the manor house was rebuilt at the end of the 18th century. In the 19th century, the last major alteration was the addition of the castle chapel in neo-Gothic style.
Hülshoff Castle is directly connected to the Münsterland cycle path network and can be easily reached via the north and south routes of the 100 Castles Route.
Winterpause: ab 1. Dezember 2018 – Ausnahmen: 2./9./16./23. Dezember (11.30 Uhr bis 17 Uhr) sowie 31. Dezember (10 bis 16 Uhr)
Der Park ist zusätzlich Montag und Dienstag von 10 bis 17 Uhr geöffnet.
* Reductions for recipients* of benefits in accordance with the Social Security Codes II and XII,
Students (with the exception of "study in old age"), trainees,
Federal volunteers, relatives in the voluntary social services and
ecological year, severely disabled people with a degree of disability from
80% (accompanying person free on presentation of proof), members of the
NRW Foundation for Nature, Homeland and Culture.
Groups (from 25 persons): 4.50 €
Guided tour with audio guide max. 40 min
Group tours from April to October between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the hour subject to availability, no tours at 1 p.m.
Special tours bookable on request by phone 02534-1052 or e-mail
Sabrina Janesch reads from her novel Sibir. In the story of an emigrant, she tells of two childhoods in the 20th century. One at the time of the Second World War in Central Asia. And once fifty years later in northern Germany. The word that ten-year-old Josef Ambacher picks up sounds terrifying: Siberia. Adults use it for everything that lies in the distant, foreign East. It was there, to Kazakhstan, that hundreds of thousands of German civilians were deported by the Soviet army in 1945, including Josef. He finds himself in a harsh, but also wondrous, mythical world - and learns to assert himself against the steppe.
Mühlheide, 1990: Josef Ambacher is confronted with his past when a wave of resettlers arrives in the small town in Lower Saxony after the collapse of the Soviet Union. His daughter Leila is caught between two worlds and has to mediate - at a time when she herself is trying to understand and banish the ghost of history. Sabrina Janesch's novel tells of the search for home, the ghosts of the past and the love that is able to conquer them.
Come with the forest and water elf Querkus into the wild world of words! Follow in the footsteps of the writer Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and explore the landscape between her two homes, Burg Hülshoff and Haus Rüschhaus, in Münsterland. You will discover magical creatures and little treasures along the way. And you will learn a lot about nature and everyday life in Nette's time, as well as how the world has changed since then. On your walk through the Droste landscape, you will be accompanied by the elf and his friends as well as words from Annette.
The actress Sarah Giese reads from the children's book Annette, Querkus and the Wild Words by Cornelia Funke. The illustrator and puppet maker Sara-Christin Richter will bring along the puppets from the children's book. She will show how the world of the characters was created.
The café-restaurant DROSTE 1797 will be serving cocoa and homemade waffles.