The Loburg is an impressive moated castle in Ostbevern, idyllically situated in a lush English garden with rhododendron stands over a hundred years old. The Loburg's eventful history begins as early as the Middle Ages and ranges from the Schulzenhof to a knight's castle and palace to a boarding school and school building.
First mentioned in 1294 as the farm "Lohaus", Haus Loburg was partially fortified in the 15th century and rebuilt into a Baroque pleasure palace around 1760 according to plans by the master architect Johann Conrad Schlaun.
The castle fell victim to a devastating fire in 1899. The disaster was prophesied by a local Spökenkieker, a Westphalian soothsayer. An unpublished handwritten sonata by Beethoven was also irretrievably lost in the fire.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the palace was restored in the style of Schlaun's building and was not damaged by the Second World War. Since 1951, Loburg Castle has housed the Collegium Johanneum, a free Catholic boarding school of the Münster diocese.
The magnificent moated castle is now used as an episcopal boarding school and grammar school. In this special audio journey, Dr Oliver Niedostadek, the school's managing director, invites you to learn more about Loburg Castle. Listen to the eventful history and get to know the Loburg from its vulnerable side: Change of ownership, fire, loss of irretrievable cultural assets - this journey will captivate you!