LüdinghausenMünsterland. Its byname is "town of three castles".
Arriving by car, either take the Ascheberg junction of Autobahn A 1 (Cologne–Bremen), Dülmen junction or Marl-Nord interchange of the A 43 (Münster–Ruhr).
Several cycling paths pass through Lüdinghausen, including EuroVelo 3 (from Trondheim to Santiago de Compostela), the far-distance cycle route from the Ruhr to the North Sea shore, and a beautiful cycling trip from Münster. Moreover, Lüdinghausen is a stage of the 210 km long southern course of the "route of hundred castles".
address: Berenbrock 1The Renaissance water castle is one of the best-preserved and most outstanding sites of the Münsterland and pretty much resembles an ideal, fairytale medieval castle. It houses the Münsterland museum.
address: Amthaus 14Another Renaissance water castle (originally started in the 12th century, but redesigned in the 16th century). In the main hall, there is an ornamental panel with all the crests of the former owner's ancestors. In the bailey you will find food prices of the year 1573 carved in stone (they are quite surprising!).
Wolfsberg Castleaddress: Wolfsberger Straße 8Only one wing of the 16th-century castle has survived which was recast during the 18th century and is not that well-preserved which makes it the least interesting of the three castles. Nowadays its basement houses a Schlager music bar.
Kakesbeck CastleYet another water castle, in the village of Elvert that has been merged into the municipality of Lüdinghausen.
Other sights include:
St Felicitas churchaddress: Mühlenstraße 716th-century Catholic parish church
Evangelical churchaddress: Klosterstraße 2Small 19th-century Gothic revival Protestant parish church
Town halladdress: Borg 2Neoclassical brick building.
HakehausOne of the eldest houses of the town; constructed in 1648 as a poorhouse.
Hof Grubeaddress: Tetekum 39The eldest still-existing farmhouse, dating back to the 14th century.
phone: +49 2591 7949176address: Hermannstraße 11
address: Schloßstraße 1, 59394 NordkirchenDubbed the "Versailles of Westphalia" this imposing baroque brick palace was constructed around 1734 for the powerful prince-bishop of Münster (who was however deeply in debt after the works were completed). It is surrounded by extensive gardens that used to rank among Europe's most famous gardens. Nowadays the massive compound is used by North Rhine-Westphalia's college of financial administration. Some parts of the palace are however open to public during guided tours.