Duelmen Castle

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Dülmen Castle on a postcard (before 1908)

The Castle Dülmen was from the 1830s to 1945, a castle in the city Dülmen . It was the residence and residence of the Duke of Croÿ . After destruction in the Second World War and further demolition, only parts of the palace garden are still preserved today.


Remise of the castle (preserved until 2006)
Castle Park

The castle was located at the point where Halterner Strasse leads into Dülmen city center today.

Initially, the dukes resided in various town houses until they acquired the Dolhofen estate in Burgstrasse. The area was expanded beyond the medieval city limits. Construction of the palace in Empire style began in 1834, with Duke Alfred von Croÿ laying the foundation stone. The first drafts were made by a nephew, but the final design of the classical facade was the responsibility of the Milanese architect Brey. When it was completed in 1844, the plans for the design of the palace garden with a boiler house and glass greenhouses were made by the Schinkel student August Stüler . In 1861 the palace garden was redesigned into a landscape garden. A monumental arch was built on the forecourt. During the Second World War, the castle was destroyed in 1945 and never rebuilt.

Only the coach house and parts of the terrace have been preserved. They were demolished in 2006 with the construction of a supermarket and a parking lot. Since 1836 House Merfeld belonged to the ducal estate, to which the residence was moved in 1945, and from 1847 Schloss Schweckhausen .

Parts of the palace garden, the so-called "palace park", have been preserved to this day. This is connected to the Dülmen Wildlife Park via the Vorpark .


  • Erik Potthoff, Dietmar Rabich: Dülmen - yesterday and today . 1st edition. Laumann-Verlag, Dülmen 2013, ISBN 978-3-89960-397-2 , Dülmen - Innenstadt, Schloss, p. 56 f .

Web links

Commons : Schloss Dülmen  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Dülmen Marketing eV .