Paffendorf Castle

Bergheim, Germany

Paffendorf castle is one of the many castles and manors in the Erftniederung. Built in the 16th century, the complex is surrounded by moats and consists of the multi-winged, two-storey mansion and the formerly agricultural forecourt, which encloses a spacious farmyard at right angles. Two massive round towers, diagonally opposite, flank the main building. The outer bailey is bounded at the corners by massive towers, which with beveled pedestals reach down to the ditches then fed by Erftwasser.

In the middle of the 19th century, the castle received its neo-gothic appearance through a fundamental reconstruction. The buildings owe their battlements, turrets, balustrades and balconies as well as figurative jewelery. When in 1958 the progressive opencast mine Fortuna-Garsdorf reached the lands belonging to the castle, the then owner sold all the property to a predecessor company of RWE Power.

The castle includes a 7.5-hectare park. Extensive water surfaces and numerous distinctive single trees, among them old sequoias, gingko and giant life trees, characterize the picture. A forestry education gives an impression of the flora of the Tertiary. Descendants of primeval trees, shrubs and moorland plants from other parts of the world provide visitors with a literally living image of the Tertiary.

As a remnant of primeval flora, two 15 million year old sequoia stumps flank the entrance to the castle park. Their high natural content of tannic acid prevented the decomposition over millions of years, so that they could be found well preserved in an open pit.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Reformation & Wars of Religion (Germany)


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Vesselin Stefanov (3 months ago)
German castle surounded with water canals and gardens and lakes. End of march there was a crafstman marker outside the castle. The parking is big enought to accomodate the visitors. There is a restaurant insite and some caravans for coffe, beers and food.
Mike Ruth (6 months ago)
Beautiful 17th century castle…very well maintained and nice cafe inside if your hungry.
Rene Verkaart (7 months ago)
A very beautiful castle that’s more than worth the visit. Take a stroll through the park and have a small bite in the restaurant. This is not as beautiful as the castle, but the food is very good.
Illia Dobroskok (13 months ago)
Schloss Paffendorf is a stunning and historic castle located in Bergheim, Germany, and it is truly a sight to behold. During my recent visit, I was blown away by the beauty of this 16th-century castle and its surrounding gardens. In addition to the castle itself, the grounds are equally impressive. The gardens are beautifully manicured and offer a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Overall, I highly recommend a visit to Schloss Paffendorf. It's a true gem in the heart of Germany, and a must-see for anyone interested in history, architecture, or simply beautiful surroundings.
Bogdan-Mircea Bodnarescu (2 years ago)
Very nice place especially for the Weihnachtsmarkt! There is free parking in the front and the castle looks very nice inside and also the park is nice!
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