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.
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.
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.
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.
The Raesfeld castle grounds and the adjacent zoo are open. It is not possible to visit the interior of the castle.
When visiting the Raesfeld Castle Zoo, the valid hygiene and distance rules apply.