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Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Westerwinkel castle

Westerwinkel castle

N 51°44.369', E 7°38.549'
2017-10-14
Our rating: 6.60
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One of the earliest baroque castles in Westphalia, built in the 17th century. Was not rebuilt, so now you can see the original, 350-year-old castle.

Westerwinkel castle
Westerwinkel castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Westerwinkel castle
Westerwinkel castle ©Yuriy Buriak

It was built in 1663 on the site of a more ancient structure of 1225. Earthen ramparts are now significantly reduced, and during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) they reached the second floor.

Westerwinkel castle
Westerwinkel castle ©Yuriy Buriak

The castle was built far from the existing settlements, so the architecture is simple. The moats were created not for defense, since in those years such fortifications were already outdated, but simply as an element of the Baroque style.

Westerwinkel castle
Westerwinkel castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Westerwinkel castle (1860)
Westerwinkel castle (1860) ©wikipedia.org

At the moment there is a golf course around the castle. It belongs to the ancient Count family. You can visit the castle on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 14 to 17. On the territory you can walk freely.

Westerwinkel castle
Westerwinkel castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Westerwinkel castle
Westerwinkel castle ©Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: parking N 51 44.430 E 7 38.375. The nearest railway station is Capelle (Westf), 2.6 kilometers away. By bus you need to go to Herbern (Ascheberg), then 1.8 km on foot. Use bahn.de.
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