History

Welcome to Burg Hülshoff. The Burg, or castle, is the ancestral seat of an old, noble Westphalian family who significantly influenced the history of the Prince-Bishopric and the city of Münster. The most famous member of the family, by far, was the famous German author: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff.

Embedded in the landscape of the Münster region, about 10 km to the west of Münster, the moated castle of Hülshoff awaits in the middle of a green park landscape. A family tradition reaching back more than 500 years provides its authentic Münsterian features and appearance. This picturesque moated castle is where Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797-1848) was born and the place where she spent your childhood and youth. This is another reason why the castle enjoys an international reputation.

The first known document mentioning the castle dates back to the year 1349. It developed from the former local court »zum Hülshof« to which the owner at the time, the lord of Schonebeck, had added a manor house. The ancestors of the poet acquired the manor house in 1417. From then on, the family also called itself Droste zu Hülshoff. The manor house constructed between 1540 and1545 in the Renaissance style has been primarily preserved.

As the estate presents itself today, it is a lovely Renaissance construction from the years 1540-1545 following a renovation by Heinrich I von Droste-Hülshoff. Today, amongst other attractions, the Droste Museum is located in the moated castle and provides insight into the life of the poet and the aristocracy of that time. The surrounding park provides an attractive destination for excursions in the summer.