Nordkirchen Castle in Münsterland
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The Westphalian Versailles
Nordkirchen Castle

Nordkirchen Castle

Nordkirchen Castle is one of the best-known and most popular excursion destinations in the Münsterland region and is an impressive example of great architecture. Nordkirchen Castle is imposingly situated in the middle of extensive parkland in the immediate vicinity of the town of Nordkirchen. Wonderful walks lead through the park and end at the castle, whose inner courtyard is freely accessible at all times.

Nordkirchen Castle - "Westphalian Versailles

The "Westphalian Versailles", as Nordkirchen Palace is also called, was commissioned by Prince-Bishop Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg. Gottfried Laurenz Pictorius began construction, Johann Conrad Schlaun completed the baroque moated castle after 30 years.
It is situated on an island surrounded by quadrangular moats in the middle of a large park which, like the castle, was laid out according to the French model. The focal point of the imposing Nordkirchen Palace is the main building, the Corps de Logis, from which the lower wing buildings develop and enclose the cour d'honneur in a U-shape. The entire building complex is highly symmetrical and in this form an impressive example of a completely preserved baroque complex.

Nordkirchen Castle - "A total work of art of international standing".

Today, Nordkirchen Castle is the seat of the NRW University of Applied Sciences for Finance. The castle also houses a restaurant and the castle chapel can be booked for wedding ceremonies.

The 18th-century castle with its spacious park of around 170 hectares has been declared worthy of protection by UNESCO as a "total work of art of international standing". The best way to explore Nordkirchen Castle is to take a walk through the extensive castle park. From many sides, Nordkirchen Castle offers excellent photo motifs for the holiday album. Cyclists have a direct connection to the 100 Castles Route at Nordkirchen Castle.

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Service & Offers

  • Guided tours
  • Gastronomy in the house
  • 100 Castles Route
  • Park at the house
  • Outdoor
  • for groups

Information about the visit

  • The park is open at all times.
  • Inside visits are only possible as part of a guided tour.

Prices Public guided tour | Castle tour

  • Adults:
    4,00 €
  • Children:
    2,00 €
  • Children:
    0,00 €

Hourly guided tours on Sundays and public holidays

May to September: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

October to April: 14:00 to 16:00

Registration is not necessary. Meeting point is the castle chapel in the inner courtyard of the castle. Tours last 45-60 minutes.


Group tours by appointment only:

Per person € 4.00 | Minimum price per group € 40.00

Prices Public Guided Tour | Combined Guided Tour Castle & Park

  • Adults:
    8,00 €
  • Children:
    4,00 €
  • Children:
    0,00 €

On the 1st Sunday of each month there is a public guided tour of the castle and park

April to October 13:30 - 15:00

Registration is not required

Prices Public Guided Tour | Park

  • Adults:
    5,00 €
  • Children:
    3,00 €
  • Children:
    0,00 €

Guided tours of the park take place by prior arrangement.

Minimum price for groups € 50.00


Events at Nordkirchen Castle

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3 Matches.
Mar
20
So
Hollandmarkt
20.03.2022, 11:00 20.03.2022, 19:00
Tourist Information Nordkirchen, Nordkirchen
Market

The Schlossgemeinde Nordkirchen and the retailers are waking up from hibernation with Dutch and local products. On 20 March 2022 from 11 a.m., the Dutch market will be back in Nordkirchen's town centre - with an open Sunday.

Market manager Henk ter Hennepe offers his guests typical weekly market flair and Dutch holiday feeling. Around 30 market stallholders offer sausage specialities, fresh fruit, Dutch liquorice, freshly caught fish, fritjes and frikandels with wit and charm, as well as sweet treats such as poffertjes and honey wafers. Other stalls offer bags and textiles as well as leather goods and haberdashery, useful household items, dogs and mobile phones. Of course, in keeping with the start of spring, guests can also look forward to bulbs of tulips and daffodils.

Time
20.03.2022, 11:00 20.03.2022, 19:00
Location
Opening hours
Öffnungszeiten vom 20.03.2022 to 20.03.2022
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    closed
  • Wednesday
    closed
  • Thursday
    closed
  • Friday
    closed
  • Saturday
    closed
  • Sunday
    11:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
Prices
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  • Eintritt frei: 0
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Apr
02
Sat
Art exhibition at Nordkirchen Castle
02.04.2022, 11:00 03.04.2022, 17:00
Nordkirchen Castle, Nordkirchen
Exhibition

Art exhibition in the Pictorius break hall at Nordkirchen Castle with works by:

Gabi Schneider-Heinrich - acrylic and oil painting on canvas

Anne Berlin - art in photography

Thorsten Kranefuss - gold and silver exhibits from the goldsmith's workshop

Time
02.04.2022, 11:00 03.04.2022, 17:00
Location
Opening hours
Öffnungszeiten vom 02.04.2022 to 03.04.2022
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    closed
  • Wednesday
    closed
  • Thursday
    closed
  • Friday
    closed
  • Saturday
    11:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    11:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
Prices
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  • Eintritt frei: 0
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Apr
09
Sat
Everyday People by Christel & Laura Lechner
09.04.2022, 12:00 16.10.2022, 12:00
Tourist Information Nordkirchen, Nordkirchen
Exhibition

The Schlossgemeinde Nordkirchen celebrates its birthday and the popular "Everyday People" by the artists Christel and Laura Lechner are part of it.

They have already been to Sylt, the Netherlands or Switzerland. Now, from 9 April to 16 October 2022, the lovable concrete sculptures will be staying in the Nordkirchen castle community for the first time.

Around 50 sculptures at 15 locations invite visitors to take a tour through the three districts of Nordkirchen, Südkirchen, Capelle and the castle and park grounds of the "Westphalian Versailles". The art installations in public spaces are sensitively integrated into the townscape at striking locations and offer something to talk about. They make visitors laugh, make them think and often put a smile on their faces.

Whether young or old - the "everyday people" provide interaction, surprise and joy for all generations. A special "highlight" in Nordkirchen is the birthday table in the castle park, which creates a remarkable symbiosis between the visitors, the everyday people and the occasion of the anniversary year as part of the exhibition.

With the Birthday Table, Christel and Laura Lechner invite all viewers to become part of the anniversary exhibition themselves. Join them and take a short break at the laid table. Through this interaction, new pictures are created again and again, which thus become part of the art exhibition.

Time
09.04.2022, 12:00 16.10.2022, 12:00
Location
Opening hours
Öffnungszeiten vom 09.04.2022 to 16.10.2022
  • Monday
    ganztägig
  • Tuesday
    ganztägig
  • Wednesday
    ganztägig
  • Thursday
    ganztägig
  • Friday
    ganztägig
  • Saturday
    ganztägig
  • Sunday
    ganztägig
Prices
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  • Eintritt frei: 0
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Tips for your stay at Nordkirchen Castle

  • On a guided tour through the castle and the park you will learn many details about the history and architecture.
  • Choose the access via Schloßstraße and enjoy the view over the lake.
  • The 60 km cycle tour"In the Castle Triangle" takes you to the most beautiful buildings in the region in one day.
  • The surrounding forests invite you to take long walks.
  • The atmospheric castle concerts are among the most popular events in Münsterland. You can find the dates in the calendar of events.
  • Plan a 2-hour visit to discover the castle and park.
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