schlosshotel lembeck

Photos courtesy of Schlosshotel Lembeck








In 1017 Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich II bestowed the land around Lembeck to the Church of Paderborn. Known as the Lords of Lembeck, they built a defensive castle at the site and later acquired the right of jurisdiction.

The Lords of Lembeck eventually died out, and the Lords of Westerholt became the new castellans. They transformed the castle from a defensive structure into today’s form of a grand residence at the end of the 17th century. Much of the furnishings you see in the castle museum date from this time.

The castle suffered bomb damage during World War II. Restored in the 1950s, its doors were opened to the public soon after.

Pamela’s Perspective

Even though you’re close to the industrial sprawl of Essen, Duisburg, and Dortmund, Lembeck is located in quiet, rural countryside.

If you come to visit the castle for its museum only, there is a small entry fee. Just tell them at the gate that you have a reservation at the hotel, and they’ll let you pass.


Schlosshotel Lembeck

A 12th-century castle


D-46286 Dorsten-Lembeck
Tel: ++49 (0) 2369 7213
Fax: ++49 (0) 2369 77370
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Fast facts

18 double rooms
“Family” room for 4 people available.
Bridal suite

Single rooms: 99–149 euros
Double rooms: 119–169 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.

Open: all year

Getting there

Dorsten-Lembeck is about 30 km north of Essen and 10 km north of Dorsten. The easiest way to reach the castle is to exit at Wesel-Schermbeck on the northbound A-3 autobahn and drive east on B-58. Follow the signposts to Lembeck and Reken.

What to do

On site: museum
Nearby: swimming; horseback riding; hiking


Yes. Small chapel on site. Inquire hotel for details.


To arrive at this delightful Westphalian water castle, you must pass through a park, cross not just one but two moats, and carry on past a wall and gateway. Schloss Lembeck is known as much for its museum as for its hotel accommodations.

The castle is a fine example of the multiple uses a historic structure can be put to. Revenues from the museum, hotel, weddings, chamber concerts, and art gallery keep the castle beautifully maintained in all its medieval splendor.

The hotel section of Lembeck is located in the rear of the castle. Reception serves double duty as a small restaurant, which is down a narrow stairway from the front entrance. The restaurant has an appropriate rustic ambience with a vaulted brick ceiling, fireplace, and wooden chairs and tables.

One-of-a-kind antique furniture and Oriental carpets grace the guest rooms. For an extra splurge, try the bridal suite with its canopy bed, tapestry-covered chairs, and views of the countryside.

A stroll about the grounds is a must. Trails lead past well-tended gardens, a moat filled with water lilies, and on into the woods.

Something special

curlicueThe castle museum is filled with centuries-old artifacts of precious porcelain, crystal, furniture, and paintings from the castle’s former days.