Senden Castle | Sightseeing in Münsterland
Senden Castle
© Münsterland e.V. / Philipp Fölting
Senden Castle

Senden Castle

Magnificent lime trees, copper beeches and plane trees line the path to Senden Castle. The oldest parts of this unusual moated castle date back to the second half of the 15th century. Here it impresses with the oldest preserved three-tiered gable - a characteristic example of the gable design of many castle houses in the Münsterland.

Old Westphalian noble family

The three-winged castle looks back on a history of over 1000 years. The complex, which in addition to the manor house consists of an inner courtyard, two moats and an outer bailey, has components dating from the 12th to the 18th century. Around 1350, the castle passed to the Lords of Senden, an old Westphalian noble family. At the end of the 14th century, the heiress of this family married the heir of the Drosten zu Kakesbeck, who in turn was also related to the Drosten zu Vischering. This formed a new branch of the family: the Droste zu Senden. Shortly afterwards, the construction of the castle began. The most recent part is the so-called Mannenhaus, which was built in 1719 and today delights with its charmingly crooked appearance.

Over the centuries, both Senden and the castle itself have repeatedly been the scene of armed conflicts. The castle looks back on a varied history of different owners and uses.

The most exciting construction site in Münsterland

Today, new life is returning to Schloss Senden: The non-profit association Schloss Senden e.V. took over the entire castle complex in 2015 to transform it into a cultural and educational venue. Visitors can see for themselves the ongoing renovation process and experience how the castle is blossoming from a "lost place" into a new highlight. Concerts, themed tours and other seasonal events are already taking place regularly.

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The crooked house at Senden Castle The crooked house at Senden Castle
© Münsterland e.V. / Philipp Fölting
A touch of Pisa in Münsterland

Who needs Pisa when there's Senden? A glance at the Mannenhaus shows: Here you are standing in front of the weirdest part of the castle in Münsterland. The famous house was built in 1719 as part of the baroque redesign of the castle. For this purpose, the subsoil of the castle island was newly filled in at this point - however, it sank over time and the house began to slowly and gradually tilt towards the moat. Nevertheless, the foundation could already be stabilised in 2018 with a special procedure. In spring 2021, renovation work on the outer shell will begin.

You can inspect the leaning house of Senden at any time and already look forward to when it reopens its doors sometime in a clean new guise. The charismatic crookedness of the Mannenhaus will of course remain.

Listening Journey | Senden Castle

The most exciting building site in Münsterland presents itself with its sleeves rolled up: Come along to Senden Castle, which is being polished back to its former glory with a lot of heart and soul, volunteer energy and professional expertise. You will be fascinated by the (building) history of the estate and its restoration, and it is precisely this process that is unique in Münsterland. You have certainly never been this close to the anatomy of a castle!

Münsterland Castles in the Air | Senden Castle

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Map | Senden Castle

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

Senden Castle

Öffnungszeiten vom 01.01. to 31.12.
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Eine Innenbesichtigung des Schlosses ist nur im Rahmen einer Führung möglich.
  • Die Parkanlage ist ganzjährig frei zugänglich!

Park entrance

  • Free admission:
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4 Tips for Senden Castle

  • You can combine your visit to Senden Castle with a walk along the Stever River.
  • The Grothues Potthof farm has been in the family for 800 years. Asparagus, apples, pears and many types of berries are grown here. You can sample the fresh delicacies directly in the farm's own café.
  • The Venner Moor nature reserve is a great area for walks through the tranquil landscape.
  • At the "Park Maintenance Seminars" you can help to make the castle's gardens shine with like-minded people. You can find the dates in the calendar of events below.
  • Fancy a little discovery tour through Senden? Then this walking tour with quiz for families is just the thing! It is free, uncomplicated and entertaining. The start and finish is at Senden Castle.
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