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.
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.
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.
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!