Built over a thousand years ago on a steeply sloping ridge, the Stromberg castle ruins in Oelde offer a spectacular view far out into the Münsterland park landscape. The only hilltop castle in the region was once built as a fortress by the bishops of Münster to protect their territory - and today it is a diverse and very popular destination for excursions.
According to legend, Charlemagne founded the massive fortress. Inside the castle, the Church of the Holy Cross, which still exists today and houses the precious Holy Cross of Stromberg, was consecrated in 1344. On the orders of the Elector and Bishop Maximilian Franz, the castle was demolished from 1780 onwards; only parts of the circular wall, a castle mansion and the Paulus Tower from the 15th century have survived.
Today, the mighty ruins of the hilltop castle are not only a beautiful destination for a day out for the whole family, but they also serve as the backdrop for the Oelde open-air theatre: in the summer months, fantastic plays for young and old are performed on the steps of the Holy Cross Church.
Today, only parts of the ring wall, a castle mansion and the Paulus Tower from the 15th century remain. A coat of arms stone from 1564 can still be found at the castle gate. A special sight is the Gothic Church of the Holy Cross, which is located at the highest point of the former castle complex. The church is still an important pilgrimage site today, thanks to the Holy Cross: an image of grace from the period 1080 to 1100. It is a Byzantine crucifix. On Christ's chest is a small medallion containing a particle of the cross. The mighty ruins of the hilltop castle are now the setting for the Oelde open-air theatre.
"SO OR SO - your Münsterland". In this podcast from Germany's most beautiful region, you will experience a short acoustic excursion to the Stromberg castle ruins in Oelde. Let Münsterland reporter Dennis Burk take you there and tell you more about the historic buildings and the Kreuzkirche. And the Stromberg castle ruins also have a lot to offer as an excursion destination for the whole family. Curious? Take ten minutes and listen in:
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