Lembeck moated castle is located in the "Hohe Mark" nature park. Its location in the southern Münsterland makes the impressive castle one of the most important excursion destinations in the Münsterland. The rural surroundings invite you to go on cycling tours and hikes through the densely wooded area of the "Hohe Mark".
The castle name "Lembeck" is derived from Low German. It can be translated as "clay brook", which indicates the castle's former location in the middle of a marsh and bog area.
Adolf von Lembeck was the first knight of this name to be mentioned in documents in 1177 as a ministerial of the Münster diocese. His family, the Lords of Lembeck, exercised jurisdiction over the castle and the administrative district of the same name.
Dietrich Conrad Adolf von Westerhold-Hackfurt had the castle extended and converted into one of the largest moated castles in the Münsterland region between 1670 and 1692. After the conversion work, a Baroque garden was laid out to the west of the castle according to designs by August Reinking, based on the French model with symmetrical path axes.
When Dietrich Conrad Adolf died in 1702 without male descendants, his heiress daughter brought the castle to this noble family in 1708 through marriage to the Wolbeck Drosten Ferdinand Dietrich Freiherr von Merveldt zu Westerwinkel. The castle is still in their possession today. The current owners are Ferdinand Count von Merveldt and his wife Catharine.
The castle complex is used for a variety of purposes today. It is home to a castle museum, which can be visited on a guided tour. On a tour you can see, among other things, art objects that the owners have collected over more than 300 years. Those who would like to get married in the baroque ambience can do so in the tower room of the library.