HULSHOFF CASTLE, RESTAURANT & FUNCTION CENTRE
Date : June 16th – on our way to Bremen
Castle Type : Niederungsburg (a castle which lies in a valley / lowlands)
Style : Renaissance
Area : Havixbeck
Suburb : Roxel
Construction : Baumberger Sandstone / Brick tile
I kept looking at maps.me trying to find castles along the way to ANY of our destinations (I’m THAT obsessed with castles and architecture that I will get out of my to see one) and I came upon this small one and curiosity took over.
It was only 20mins from Munster and I was intrigued with the location of this castle and what this castle would look like. With my extensive research of German castles, they were mainly high on hills or mountains and having driven a bit in this area, it was more farmlands and countryside here and very flat
So curiosity got me (yet again) – I noticed when i zoomed in on the map, that there were many tiny little blue lines which obviously looked like waterways, I couldnt really see them when driving past as they were mainly in the green fields but it was enough for me to change the route to check out what was happening here! lol
The castle was first mentioned in 11th c. and is a typical moated castle. It was owned by the Barons Droste zu Hulshoff from 1417 to 2012, they are said to be descended from the Counts of Tecklenburg.
There were many different additons to the buildings in different eras, giving its unique look
Just being in this area with the castle behind me and the ducks wandering around in their own little world, people celebrating in the nearby restaurant, not having to report into anyone or show up to work, at this moment, I felt so relaxed and comfortable here I just didnt want to leave!