Raesfeld Castle Zoo | Park in Münsterland
Historical Zoo Raesfeld Castle
© Münsterland e.V.
On historic paths through beautiful landscapes
Raesfeld Castle Zoo

Raesfeld Castle Zoo

The historical zoo at Raesfeld Castle is neither a classic castle park nor a conventional animal park. Rather, the historical zoo at Raesfeld Castle is characterised by extensive meadows and heaths as well as extensive woodland.

A castle park with surprises

The basic structures from the Renaissance period are still recognisable today. A walk through the park reveals the wildness and naturalness of the approximately 100-hectare grounds. This is also reflected in the settlement of red deer and fallow deer. Whereas in 1653 Count Alexander von Velen kept exotic species of animals for his pleasure in addition to big game, today the animals are kept in accordance with modern wildlife management.

On beautiful paths through the zoo

Four paths lead through the Raesfeld Castle Zoo, varying in length from 1 to 5.2 kilometres. They circle picturesque lakes and wooded areas. Hardly any other castle park in the Münsterland region offers a more beautiful and original experience of nature. With its woodland and heath areas, the zoo exudes a special charm at any time of year.

Discover nature through play

The nature discovery area at the Tiergarten, which covers more than 5,000 square metres, is made for families with children. Climbing and balancing paths, the low ropes course, a cone throwing course, the branch building site and many other stations require skill and creativity. Thus, an eventful outdoor classroom has been created in the midst of nature. The nature discovery area can be visited free of charge all year round.

Map | Raesfeld Castle Zoo

Service & Offers

  • 100 Castles Route
  • Admission free / free of charge
  • Outdoor
  • Child-friendly
  • Dogs allowed
  • 3 circuits
  • 100 ha

Raesfeld Castle Zoo

Öffnungszeiten vom 01.01. to 31.12.
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Admission to Raesfeld Castle Zoo

  • Free admission:
    0,00 €

Insider tip

The visitor centre at Raesfeld Castle The visitor centre at Raesfeld Castle
© Reihard G. Nießing
Experience more at the Nature Park House

The nature park house Tiergarten Schloss Raesfeld is located next to Raesfeld Castle. The modern architecture dominated by wood and glass provides a contrast to the "wild" surroundings. Inside the visitor centre you can learn more about the zoo and the flora and fauna of Raesfeld Zoo. The influence of the "energy turnaround" on Raesfeld and its surroundings is shown in the exhibition "380 kV". Admission to the exhibition is free.

Places of interest around Raesfeld Castle Zoo


5 tips for Raesfeld Castle Zoo

  • The circular walks through the zoo are colour-coded and can be combined with each other.
  • Within sight of the castle and the zoo is the "Graf Alexander" caravan site with 8 parking spaces.
  • Numerous free parking spaces are available at the nature park house.
  • Small cosy restaurants and cafés around the castle offer local delicacies for a relaxing break.
  • The Femeiche in the Erle district is one of the oldest oaks in Germany. The natural monument is only a short trip away from the castle.
Close Contact & Info