Schloss Berge was mentioned first time in the 13th century, but the current Late Baroque and Classicism style appearance dates from 1785-1788. Today Berge is a hotel and restaurant.

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Founded: 1785-1788
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Emerging States (Germany)

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www.schloss-berge.de

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4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Andy Möller (3 years ago)
Nice location with a great Lake.
Kenny Rokohl (3 years ago)
Very beatiful and romantic place to eat! Love it!
Blessing Chioma (3 years ago)
I really had a superb day there, The exotics flowers, shrubs and trees to settle my inner turmoil. Walking around a garden so beautiful
Stephanie Gilmour (3 years ago)
Great hotel. Lovely friendly staff. Food in the restaurant was superb for dinner. Grounds are beautiful - just had a lovely long breakfast on the terrace watching the ducks, geese and rabbits wander the lawns.
Shareena Shawn (3 years ago)
My favorite park in Gelsenkirchen, you can actually get lost in its wide forest and come to rest at the castle or one of the many outdoor dining facilities for a quick refreshment.. Also there are boats available to rent for a cruise on the lake
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