Tour 6: Moated castles, parks and gardens in the Münsterland
4-day-trip

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SCHLOSSPARK NORDKIRCHEN SCHLOSSPARK NORDKIRCHEN
Not only the castle, but also the magnificent park was built according to the plans of the Westphalian Baroque architect Johann Conrad Schlaun. Not without reason, the ensemble dating from the early 18th Century is known as the „Westphalian Versailles“.


BOTANICAL GARDEN MÜNSTER BOTANICAL GARDEN MÜNSTER
MÜNSTER
Nestled in the castle park, the area has a lot of knowledge to impart, – but being on the outskirts of the bustling old town – it is also a welcome oasis of calm. The orangery was built in 1840 from the rubble of a wall. It is now one of the few examples of this type of construction in Germany.


GARDENS AT THE WASSERBURG HÜLSHOFF, HAVIXBECK AND AM RÜSCHHAUS, MÜNSTER GARDENS AT THE WASSERBURG HÜLSHOFF, HAVIXBECK AND AM RÜSCHHAUS, MÜNSTER
The typical Westphalian castle of Hülshoff is surrounded by a large landscaped park. Just a few kilometres away, the Rüschhaus invites you to visit one of the finest small manor houses in Westphalia with representative displays and an artfully landscaped moat. The property was acquired in 1825 by Baron Clemens August von Droste-Hülshoff.


SALINENPARK, RHEINE SALINENPARK, RHEINE
The Salinenpark was redesigned in 2004, and together with the adjacent nature zoo and Bentlage Abbey, with its cultural landscape, makes an interesting destination. The nature trail goes through the Bentlager Busch with its unique flora and fauna.


HAUS WELBERGEN, OCHTRUP HAUS WELBERGEN, OCHTRUP
The intimate gardens by the moated castle were based on historical designs. On the Vorburginsel beyond the Marienkapelle (Lady Chapel), one finds a small garden area in the Renaissance style. This part of the garden has a special charm especially when perennials and rose are in full bloom.


KREISLEHRGARTEN, STEINFURT KREISLEHRGARTEN, STEINFURT
This teaching garden was founded in 1914 and covers an area of about 3 hectares and imparts a lot of interesting information about ornamental and vegetable gardens. Visitors get inspirational ideas about design, maintenance and use of their own green kingdom.


BAGNO STEINFURT BAGNO STEINFURT
An early forerunner of today’s amusement parks, Bagno was a spectacular attraction in the 18th century. By reinterpreting former Baroque park designs we can, today, understand much of the historical significance of the park. The Bagno Quadrat invites visitors to linger or – as in former times- take a boat ride on the adjacent lake.


SCHLOSSGARTEN RHEDA SCHLOSSGARTEN RHEDA
The garden, proven to exist since the year 1623, was partially restored with a geometric layout according to the original plans, using contemporary plants, including old rose varieties, for the occasion of the State Garden Show of 1988. The former orangery, a brick building of late classical construction style, dates from 1873. The adjacent Nature and Leisure Park „Flora Westfalica“ is located in the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück. A continuous green link was created in 1988 between the previously separated towns of Rheda and Wiedenbrück and re-nurtured the Ems.


VIER-JAHRESZEITEN-PARK, OELDE VIER-JAHRESZEITEN-PARK, OELDE
Here was constructed in 2001, the most successful garden show of its day in North Rhine-Westphalia, judging by visitor numbers. In addition to the garden displays, such as the „idyllic meadows“ in the south, the „romantic park“ in the middle and the „magical gardens“ in the north, the park offers a variety of sporting and leisure activities.

Our Suggested Itinerary

1st DAY
  • Arrival at Nordkirchen. Visit the most important baroque palace and park complex in Westphalia
  • Guided tour of the Prince Bishop’s Park (on request with guided tour)
  • After which a leisurely break at the Schloss Café
  • Continue to Münster. Hotel rooms reserved
  • Individual choice, evening in Münster
  • Alternatively, night watchman tour of the city
  • Overnight in Münster
2nd DAY
  • City tour of Münster. After a coffee break in the castle garden, guided tour through the Botanical Gardens.
  • Upon request lunch at a local restaurant in Münster
  • In the afternoon, drive to the estate of the Rüschhaus, the Droste-Hülshoff family house in Nienberge. Guided tour of the garden and manor
  • Continue to Wasserburg Hülshoff in Havixbeck, where Annette von Droste-Hülshoff was born in 1797. Guided tour of the house and garden with the Droste-Hülshoff Museum
  •  Early dinner at the Burg Hülshoff Restaurant (regional cuisine with local products)
  • Optional visit to a theatre performance at the Münster theatre or the Wolfgang Borchert theatre
  • Overnight in Münster
3rd DAY
  • After breakfast, drive to the monastery Bentlage in Rheine. Guided tour of the monastery museum with its unique worldwide church treasures, the so-called Bentlager Relics Gardens.
  • Short walk to the Salinenpark. Interesting introduction to nature e.g. on shrubs, trees or special salt plants including a short tour of the Saline Gottesgabe
  • Optional lunch at the Gottesgabe restaurant
  • Continue to a true gem of the Münster region, the Welbergen house near Ochtrup. Visit the lovely gardens around the moated castle, worth seeing when its perennials flower from June to September. The inside of the castle can also be visited by appointment
  • Alternatively, visit the Steinfurter Bagno including the Baroque concert gallery in the park, then an optional stroll through the picturesque Burgsteinfurt
  • Finally a drive through the Kreislehrgarten (teaching gardens) to Steinfurt. Individual tour along a garden trail with 18 stops relating to nature, fruit and vegetable production.
  • Tip: you can buy fruit and fruit juices in the garden shop
  • Return to Münster. Individual evening activities
  • Overnight in Münster
4th DAY
  • After breakfast, drive to Warendorf, the riding metropolis of the Münster area
  • Guided tour through the old town and visit the Warendorf State Stud
  • Then on to Rheda
  • Combined tour of the old town and the Flora Westfalica Park in Rheda
  • Individual lunch break in the park’s Seecafé Restaurant
  • Drive to Vier-Jahreszeiten-Park in Oelde. Tour of the former State Garden Show grounds
  • To complete the trip an optional coffee break at the Restaurant Café Ulithi on the Mühlensee
  • Return home

ART CITIES CULTURE PACKAGE

  • 3 nights in a good mid-range hotel in Münster
  • Guided tour of the park in Nordkirchen
  • Admission and guided tour of the Rüschhaus Estate
  • Admission and guided tour of the park and castle at Hülshoff
  • Guided tour of the old town and park at Rheda
  • Admission and guided tour Vier-Jahreszeiten Park Oelde
  • Dinner Burg Hülshoff Restaurant
  • Guided tour of Münster
  • Guided tour of the Botanical Gardens at Münster
  • Admission and guided tour Bentlage Abbey
  • Guided tour of the Welbergen house near Ochtrup
  • Guided city tour of Warendorf
  • Free accommodation for the 21st person in a double room

Price per person: from € 184, – in a double room
from € 52, – single supplement
Groups of 20

ART CITIES PLUS
  • Visit a theatrical performance at the Münster theatre or the Wolfgang Borchert Theatre

Combination Tips

  • Visit the Bagno Park, Steinfurt
  • Burg Vischering, Lüdinghausen
  • Pablo Picasso Art Gallery, Münster
  • Visit Schloss Rheda
  • Visit Potts Brewery, Oelde
  • Hofcafe (village café) Johannleweling, Rietberg Wester Wiehe