Burgau Castle

Düren, Germany

Burgau Castle is a water castle in Düren, located in the town forest at the edge of the district Niederau. The earliest findings can be traced back to the year 1100. The building was constructed on a motte. Even today the manor house is situated on an island with a diameter of 50 meters. The keep also dates back to the Middle Ages; after that the southern, eastern and northern wings of the main castle were constructed. In the 16th century a bay, richly decorated with reliefs, was added to the house tower. This room is also referred to as the gazebo room.

In 1675 it was decided to renovate the damaged castle. Around 1730 the conversion into a baroque three-wing building began. Additionally, from 1685 onwards the construction of the Vorburg commenced, an outer bailey consisting of a three-winged building used for the management of the castle. Like the inner bailey, it was also surrounded by a water-filled moat.

After the castle was destroyed during the Second World War in 1944, the restoration process lasted from 1975 to 1998.


Nowadays, the castle is a tourist attraction and is used as an event location, with various local societies using the premises. It is known as a popular destination with its pond and surrounding forest as well as the castle café.

The main part of the castle offers 450 square metres of exhibition space and a room for conferences. There are regular concerts and events in the Winkelsaal, a hall in the outer ward, and the courtyard.

Düren's registry office offers a marriage service in the gazebo room of the castle on select Saturdays during the year.

Hans Holbein the Younger and the Portrait of Anne of Cleves

In 1539 the artist Hans Holbein the Younger, known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century and King's Painter to Henry VIII, travelled to Düren to paint a portrait of Anne of Cleves. After seeing Holbein's portrait of her, King Henry sent a delegation to Düren to negotiate the courtship and to bring Anne back to England.

However, meeting her was a disappointment for him, the marriage was never consummated and an annulment soon followed. Anne received the title of “The King's Sister“, a generous settlement and was often invited to court.



Your name


Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

More Information



4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Stephen Dennis (3 years ago)
Had a great meal at Dacapomobil and listened to a German Scottish piper!
indrit xhelili (3 years ago)
A lovely place!...
michael yao (3 years ago)
a good place to go
Marko Schlensok (4 years ago)
Wonderful scenery for walks through the forest.
Maricel Avadanei (4 years ago)
SwanLake GänseLake
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

The Church of the Holy Cross

The church of the former Franciscan monastery was built probably between 1515 and 1520. It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Rauma. The church stands by the small stream of Raumanjoki (Rauma river).

The exact age of the Church of the Holy Cross is unknown, but it was built to serve as the monastery church of the Rauma Franciscan Friary. The monastery had been established in the early 15th century and a wooden church was built on this location around the year 1420.

The Church of the Holy Cross served the monastery until 1538, when it was abandoned for a hundred years as the Franciscan friary was disbanded in the Swedish Reformation. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church in 1640, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire.

The choir of the two-aisle grey granite church features medieval murals and frescoes. The white steeple of the church was built in 1816 and has served as a landmark for seafarers.