The Herten family, vassals of the Werden Abbey, was first documented in 1286. At that time, their residence was probably in the center of today's city next to St. Antonius church. In the 14th century, the family with 'Ritter' (knight) status built a fortified house on the site of today's castle. In 1376, this building was mentioned as fief of Werden Abbey. Through marriage, the Herten house fell into the possession of the von Galen family in mid-14th century. In 1488, it changed hands in the same manner to Dietrich von Stecke zur Leythe. Ultimately, in 1529 Anna von Stecke married Betram I. von Nesselrode. As part of the powerful house of Nesselrode, he was steward for the Electorate of Cologne in the Recklinghausen district and expedited the modification and extension of the buildings in 1530.

While foundations of today's main castle building incorporate elements from the 14th-century building, the buildings visible today were built by Stecke and Nesselrode families in the 16th and 17th century. The main castle consists of four wings creating an inner courtyard.

After the First World War, the main castle building was no longer used as a residence and started to deteriorate. Subsidence caused by the widespread sub-surface mining in the surrounding industrial Ruhr area added to the structural damage, bringing the castle buildings close to collapse. Only radical restoration measures from 1974 to 1989 saved the late Gothic castle complex from total decline. Today it is used as a venue for concerts, cultural events and festivities. It also houses a café. The castle's park is popular for walking, picknicking, jogging and biking.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Thomas Jakubzik (18 months ago)
Ein schönes Schloss mit Park. Man kann sehr schön entspannen und spazieren gehen. Auch für Fotografen interessant
Jana Jana (19 months ago)
Haben unsere Hochzeit im Februar diesen Jahres dort gefeiert, war wirklich schön. Besser als erwartet. Super nettes Personal und wunderschöne Location
Omorodion Harrison Osasere (19 months ago)
Nice place to celebrate your ceremonies
Patryk Lamich (2 years ago)
Tolle Location
Fred Cilliers (4 years ago)
The monument is really beautiful and situated in a huge park, BUT the dining experience is not that amazing. Worth a visit if you are not that hungry.
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