Kolvenburg Billerbeck | Place of interest in Münsterland
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 ...

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  • 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


Properties
Types
3 Matches.
Aug
28
So
Michael Soltau - Surface Exhibition
28.08.2022, 17:00 30.10.2022, 18:00
Kolvenburg, Billerbeck
Organiser: Kreis Coesfeld
Exhibition
guided tour
Art

Photography - Video - Installation. As an internationally renowned artist, Michael Soltau (1953, Oldenburg) has significantly advanced the use of media formats in art. His exhibition "Surface" moves in the interplay between image and likeness. Aesthetic surfaces of the chosen motifs and materials from everyday life serve the artist as a starting point for his works. Fleeting moments and transitions come into focus. Through different media levels, he creates a profound world of associations, which at the same time places the surface in a relationship of tension between structure, colour and form. His "Surface" thus overcomes the two-dimensional space and forms a place of exchange. The staging of photographs and audiovisual installations create a media poetry and invite the viewer to make his or her own discoveries.

The District of Coesfeld cordially invites you to the exhibition opening on Sunday, 28 August at 5 pm with free admission.

Time
28.08.2022, 17:00 30.10.2022, 18:00
Location
Opening hours
Opening hours
  • 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
    closed
  • Sunday
    10:00 Uhr bis 13:00 Uhr
    13:30 Uhr bis 17:30 Uhr
Prices
Eintritt
  • ermäßigt: 2.5
  • Erwachsene: 3.5
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Oct
16
So
Artist talk with Michael Soltau
16.10.2022, 15:00 16.10.2022, ca.17:00
Kolvenburg, Billerbeck
Organiser: Kreis Coesfeld
Exhibition
Dialogues
guided tour
Art

With the current special exhibition "Michael Soltau - Surface", aesthetic photographs, video works and multimedia installations have found their way into the historic walls of the Kolvenburg. The exhibition is a kaleidoscope of multifaceted audiovisual works and deals with transitions, moments in process, materiality. During the artist talk with Michael Soltau and Dominik Olbrisch, the cultural officer of the district of Coesfeld, interested visitors can not only explore the exhibition but also learn more about Michael Soltau as a person and his artistic work.

Time
16.10.2022, 15:00 16.10.2022, ca.17:00
Location
Opening hours
Opening hours
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    closed
  • Wednesday
    closed
  • Thursday
    closed
  • Friday
    closed
  • Saturday
    closed
  • Sunday
    15:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
Prices
Eintritt

Anmeldung per Telefon unter +49 (0) 2543 1540 oder per Mail unter kolvenburg@kreis-coesfeld.de

  • ermäßigt: 2.5
  • Erwachsene: 3.5
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Nov
12
Sat
Advent market at the Kolvenburg
12.11.2022, 10:30 27.11.2022, 18:00
Kolvenburg, Billerbeck
Organiser: Kreis Coesfeld
Exhibition
Party
Art
Market

It's Christmas at Kolvenburg Castle when the Advent market, which is popular far beyond the borders of the district, starts in mid-November. For the 41st time, craftspeople from the region offer their self-made products and works of art. In the historical ambience, visitors can admire the craftsmanship and inventiveness of the exhibitors, browse to their heart's content and, of course, buy the goods. Lovingly designed Christmas cards, handmade candles, bascetta stars, Christmas floristry and culinary delights are just as much a part of the offer as stone, wood, concrete and textile work and much more. The handmade jams and marmalades are as popular as they are sought after. A range of hot drinks and small snacks invites you to round off your visit to the market in a cosy atmosphere.

Time
12.11.2022, 10:30 27.11.2022, 18:00
Location
Opening hours
Opening hours
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    10:30 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Wednesday
    10:30 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Thursday
    10:30 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Friday
    10:30 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Saturday
    10:30 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    10:30 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
Prices
Eintritt
  • normal: 2
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The Kolvenburg is certified with the "Accessibility Tested" mark of the Germany-wide "Travel for All" labelling system. This means that detailed and verified information on accessibility is available for all groups of people. In addition, the quality criteria for certain groups of people are partially or fully met. Further information is available on the website of the "Travel for All" initiative.

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