Kakesbeck Castle

Lüdinghausen, Germany

Kakesbeck is one of the largest medieval fortifications in Münsterland and the oldest castle in Lüdinghausen. The imposingly grown complex originated in 1120 as a motte, a small hilltop tower castle. After numerous changes of ownership, the castle was extended onto two islands, but it was not until the 14th century that it underwent significant alterations and extensions under the von Oer family. The estate experienced its heyday in the middle of the 18th century, when it covered an area of almost one square kilometre and consisted of five further outer castles in addition to the core castle, which were secured by ramparts and moats.

The well-maintained condition of the castle today is thanks to the late Wilfried Grewing, the former lord of the castle. The foundation named after him has been particularly committed to preserving the property since 2020. In the future, the castle is to be made accessible to the general public with its own gastronomy, guided tours and events.



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Founded: 1120
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Stephen Mark Bevan (4 months ago)
Needs to opened to the public and catering maybe mini markets like in winter time (Christmas) lovely secret place that could do so well with weddings etc ??
Evelin Müller (5 months ago)
A huge fortification. Hardly known. It's a shame that you can only get a glimpse from the outside.
jürgen Piontek (6 months ago)
Had a tour of Kakesbeck Castle today. The tour was conducted by Mr. Raub, it was very informative and absolutely worth seeing. Mr. Raub is very friendly and was able to show and explain a lot to us. Unfortunately, the time was over very quickly. It's worth visiting the castle, you just have to register in advance. It wasn't the last visit to the castle. The tour was well organized and very informative. There are plenty of parking spaces available. It is very impressive what has been rebuilt here using private funds. You can see the passion as the foundation continues to build and maintain.
Silvia Rogalla (8 months ago)
Unfortunately, you can only see this castle from a distance. Visits only possible on Monument Day.
Heinrich Horstmann (10 months ago)
A few decades ago, a man with a lot of perseverance and vision bought an old dilapidated Gräftenhof called Kakebeck He soon realized that he had acquired the ruins of one of the strongest moated castles in Münsterland Today there are no longer any ruins there, but a well-fortified castle again. This required a lot of work and commitment. As far as I know, the facility can be visited by appointment. And it's worth it. Kakesbeck is located near the three castle town of Lüdinghausen and they are still working hard on the facility. There is still a lot to do, but those in charge now will surely get it done. Take a look at the facility and you will see that I didn't promise too much. I was there on the day of the castles and palaces.
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