Schloss Nordkirchen, Nordkirchen

Schloss Nordkirchen is a palace situated in the town of Nordkirchen in the Coesfeld administrative district in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The schloss was largely built between 1703 and 1734 and is known as the "Versailles of Westphalia" since it is the largest of the fully or partly moated Wasserschlösser in that region. It was originally one of the residences of the Prince-Bishopric of Münster.OwnershipThe present Baroque schloss is the successor to a fully moated Wasserschloss built in the sixteenth century for the noble "von Morrien" family. In the eighteenth century, the structure visible today was raised in several building campaigns for Fürstbischof Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg zu Lenhausen and his successor, Fürstbischof Ferdinand von Plettenberg. In 1833, the complex passed to Count von Esterházy who sold it to Duke Engelbert Marie von Arenberg in 1903. In 1933, the Arenberg-Nordkirchen GmbH, a newly founded ducal assets management company, assumed possession. In 1959, the schloss was purchased by the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen and has since been the site of "Fachhochschule für Finanzen Nordrhein-Westfalen", a state-run college specializing in the training of future tax inspectors. The neighboring "Oranienburg" complex and the park were subsequently added, as was – in 2004 – the deer park, which included a generous green belt of more than 1,000 hectares of woodland surrounding the south-western perimeter of the schloss proper. Parts of the interior of the schloss are open to the public, as are the parterres and the surrounding park. Inside the schloss, an up-market restaurant offering Westphalian cuisine looks out into the large formal garden that faces the northern façade of the schloss. The schloss chapel may be rented for weddings.
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  • This was a pretty good tour of the palace. Took a few hours to wander through and then see the gardens. Nice little half day trip in the city and easy to get to by train.  more »
  • The beautiful castle is completely surrounded by a moat and is located in a beautiful green area, hold much French bravado and has a nice courtyard. One can enjoy hiking in the impressive garden. The castle is private but reservation, certain rooms of the Castle opened to the public. The entire region is also a Mecca for cycling tourists.
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  • The castle is surrounded by a large park. To participate in a guided tour, we were too early. The castle can be but also on his own. The Baroque complex is really impressive. The comparison with Versailles is not excessive. Versailles on Westphalian. It has been snowing during our stay. We were probably the wrong time of the year there. Come back anyway during our next vacation in Münster in the summer.
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  • Visited during autumn. It was a beautiful place. Ideal for a picnic or a short visit when the sun is out.
  • The Versailles of Germany. Beautiful buildings and garden which can be visited only on selected days. Interesting church and rooms.
  • An amazing German Chateau with great gardens, but you cannot go inside.
  • A very beautiful spot both in winter and summer
  • Looks great outside. You can see inside the castle if you reserve a guide in advance. Pictures and decorations inside are great as well.

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