Gardens in the Münsterland Castle and Park Landscape
Enjoying the heritage of garden culture
“The wide variety of gardens, parks and promenades comes as a surprise to the visitor from outside the Münsterland”. Remarks such as these by the Swiss landscape architect Günther Vogt are often heard when garden lovers from other places get to know the region.
While the Münsterland does indeed have extremely impressive examples of garden design in the form of gardens and parks like those at Schloss Nordkirchen, the “Westphalian Versailles”, its distinctive features and typical qualities are often only recognised at second glance. ...more
Münsterland - the region
The Münsterland is a mosaic-type landscape covering 6,000 km2 in the north-west of North Rhine-Westphalia, between the Teutoburger Wald and Lippe, the Emsland of Lower Saxony and the Netherlands.
The area’s typical buildings include churches, monasteries, storehouses, moated farmsteads and moated castles. The numerous individual farmsteads surrounded by meadows, pastures, fields, embankment hedges and small woods give the Münsterländer Parklandschaft (Münsterland Park Landscape) its unique charm. ...more
Parks and Gardens in the Münsterland
The gardens and parks in the Münsterland have remained hidden treasures for many decades and it is only in recent years that awareness of them has gradually grown. Although gardening has been a favourite pastime in Germany for a long time, questions regarding the history of garden design in the Münsterland essentially remained the domain of specialists. This has changed considerably in recent years, as is evidenced, e.g. by publications issued and events and tours organised by associations such as the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe and, more particularly, the Westfälische Amt für Landschafts- und Baukultur. ...more