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 is worthwhile to walk around the castle on the footpaths that have been laid out. New perspectives reveal the beauty of this 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. Over the next few years, the castle will be carefully renovated and converted to meet new social demands.
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.
zusätzlich geöffnet am 31.12. 10:00 bis 16:00 Uhr
In mid-June 2021, after a construction phase lasting several months, the Lyrikweg was opened and creates a new connection between Hülshoff Castle and Haus Rüschhaus in Havixbeck. The Poetry Trail invites visitors to walk in the footsteps of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, to explore literature and art in the landscape and to enjoy nature.
A total of 20 stations in the landscape trace the changes in literature, everyday culture and nature through the centuries. More than 50 authors, artists, scientists and experts have contributed texts, pictures, music and audio pieces as well as a film.
At the Münsterland Festival, the poetry path will be walked from Haus Rüschhaus towards Hülshoff Castle, where a concert by Sigrid Horn awaits visitors in the evening in the outer castle.
The Viennese singer-songwriter Sigrid Horn will be a guest at the Münsterland Festival part 11 with her trio at Burg Hülshoff, and her socially critical songs will make you think.
Sigrid Horn sings in a stubborn dialect, accompanying herself with ukulele or piano. Both spatially and artistically, she commutes between country and city and takes something of both into her music. Before her solo activities, she was the front woman of a band for years, with whom she performed several times at protest song contests, among other things. As a solo artist, she also ventured into other genres and explored poetry slam and hip hop stages under a different name. Socially critical and feminist themes run like a thread through her artistic existence. In 2020, she presented her second album "i bleib do" at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and was met with enthusiasm: the Viennese weekly "Falter" voted it one of the most important 50 Austropop albums of the past 50 years.