schloss wilkinghege

Photos courtesy of Schloss Wilkinghege








The first documentation of Schloss Wilkinghege dates back to 1311 as a property belonging to the von Rhemen zu Barensfeld family. Like many Westphalian castles, a moat provided the castle’s best defense. The use of brick is typical too, as stone was not as readily available.

The Renaissance style you see today is attributed to the Steveninck zu Broich family, who rebuilt the castle in 1550. Look for the two lions on the crest over the entrance.

Pamela’s Perspective

The rooms in the annex, which was a former stables and pheasant house, are modern in decor. I would opt for the rooms inside the mansion to experience the hotel’s historical ambience at its best.


Schloss Wilkinghege

An 18th-century palace


Steinfurter Strasse 374
D-48159 Münster
Tel: ++49 (0) 251 144 270
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Fast facts

35 rooms, including 13 apartments; some rooms in annex

Single rooms: 99–200 euros
Double rooms: 140–180 euros
Apartments: 175–320 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service
Special packages available

Open: all year except for Christmas holidays

Getting there

Münster is well served by train and bus.

What to do

On site: golf; tennis
Nearby: bicycling; hot air ballooning; excursions into Münster with its cathedral and baroque buildings


Yes. Chapel on site.


Schloss Wilkinghege is more of a mansion than a fairy tale style castle, although a surrounding moat gives it just the right romantic touch.

The mansion’s tastefully decorated interior with stuccoed ceilings, silk tapestries, period furniture, old paintings, and engravings suggests a late Renaissance style with enough modern updates for comfort.

Guest rooms inside the mansion are spacious and include period furnishings. If you ask for a room in the back, you’ll have a view of the moat and surrounding countryside.

The schloss’s restaurant is highly rated, and when the weather is fine, you can enjoy eating outside on the terrace.

A lovingly tended formal garden helps lend to the tranquil atmosphere.

Something special

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