The Kolvenburg in Billerbeck
© Münsterland e.V. Philipp Fölting
Between the Middle Ages and Modernity
Kolvenburg

Kolvenburg

Many of the castles and palaces in Münsterland grew over centuries to become the impressive and beautiful buildings they are today. This is also true of the Kolvenburg in Billerbeck, which tells a very eventful story.

Typical dwelling house of the lower nobility

The former small moated castle, now a listed building, dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries - but its roots go back much further: the building history of today's complex began around 1300, when the Knights of Billerbeck erected a permanent tower bridge over the previous building. The von Colve family, which gave the building its name, then took over the complex. Many of the numerous alterations that turned the former fortified complex into a typical residence of the lower nobility can still be seen today in the interior of the Kolvenburg. Extensively renovated, the Kolvenburg was finally opened in 1976 as the cultural centre of the Coesfeld district.

Concerts and art exhibitions in a historical ambience

Today, the Kolvenburg is a high-calibre exhibition venue in a historic setting that is known far beyond the region. The cultural programme is very broad and ranges from first-class concerts and contemporary art exhibitions to annual spring and Advent markets.

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Founding myth of the Kolvenburg Founding myth of the Kolvenburg
© Münsterland e.V./Philipp Fölting
A legendary castle foundation

Almost a marketing genius: In 1494, the new heir to the Kolvenburg - Burgmann Godeke von Münster - spread a well-adorned legend. He claimed that the castle had been founded in the 8th century by Charlemagne as a Christian base. Charlemagne had already entrusted the castle and its location to the von Colve family at the time of its foundation. From then on it went by the legendary name of "Kolvenburg".

And what was the point of it all? Godeke wanted to shine as a more significant site compared to his neighbours at Haus Hameren. He had succeeded in doing so with this big little fib ...

Map | Kolvenburg

  • Guided tours
  • Indoor
  • Park at the house
  • for groups
  • Bad weather offer
  • Museum in the house

Kolvenburg

Öffnungszeiten vom 01.01. to 31.12.
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Wednesday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Thursday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Friday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Saturday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    10:00 Uhr bis 13:00 Uhr
    13:30 Uhr bis 17:30 Uhr
  • An Feiertagen geöffnet wie sonntags

Admission prices Museum

  • Adults:
    3,50 €
  • reduced:
    2,50 €
  • Children:
    1,50 €
  • Youth:
    1,50 €
  • families:
    8,00 €
  • Free admission:
    0,00 €
  • normal:
    2,00 €
  • Public guided tours can be booked at a price of 5,00 € incl. admission to the museum
  • Private tours can be booked at a price of 40,00 € plus admission


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2 Matches.
May
29
So
Different Echoes Exhibition at the Kolvenburg
29.05.2022, 17:00 14.08.2022, 18:00
Kolvenburg, Billerbeck
Organiser: Kreis Coesfeld
Exhibition
guided tour
Art

"Different Echoes" is a renowned artist project by Nikola Dimitrov, Friedhelm Falke, Ekkehard Neumann, Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Götz Sambale, Elly Valk-Verheijen and Annette Wesseling, who have been exhibiting together in different houses since 2016. The project title here refers to an ambiguity - the works of the individual artists form both their own echo and a resonating body for each other. Reduced in colour and form, each work works on its own and at the same time, as an ensemble, enters into an exciting exchange with other works and the space. The constellation of the works differs according to the space at each exhibition venue. Thus "Different Echoes" in the Kolvenburg unfolds a very special effect in the interplay of painting, sculpture, new media in installative image form and the historic walls of the castle.

Nikola Dimitrov, Friedhelm Falke, Ekkehard Neumann, Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Götz Sambale, Elly Valk-Verheijen, Annette Wesseling

Time
29.05.2022, 17:00 14.08.2022, 18:00
Location
Opening hours
Öffnungszeiten vom 29.05.2022 to 14.08.2022
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Wednesday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Thursday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Friday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Saturday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    10:00 Uhr bis 13:00 Uhr
    13:30 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
Prices
Eintritt
  • ermäßigt: 2.5
  • Erwachsene: 3.5
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Jun
19
So
Archery at the castle for children
19.06.2022, 14:00 19.06.2022, 17:00
Kolvenburg, Billerbeck
Organiser: Kreis Coesfeld
Workshop

As part of the Castles and Fortresses Day, we will revive the art of archery at Kolvenburg Castle. With bow and arrow, the castles were effectively defended against attackers from the battlements. It's a good thing we don't hurt anyone with archery! We are all about the art of drawing a bow properly, aiming correctly and, if things go well, hitting the target. This requires a lot of concentration and skill.

Time
19.06.2022, 14:00 19.06.2022, 17:00
Location
Prices
Kostenfreies Programm
  • Eintritt frei: 0
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© Münsterland e.V./Hans Zaglitsch
On the road with cycling and lots of culture
21 May. | Rally in the Coesfeld district
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