At the end of our tour in and around Burg Bentheim we finished at Kronenburg Castle via the dominating section at the middle tract with a crow-stepped gable, built above open arcades. Kronenburg Castle, as it is today – with representative rooms behind a medieval-looking façade – was built between 1883 and 1914 as part of an extensive building program.
Our self guided tour started at the Hall of Knights, where the lords of the castle met their vassals in the 13th and 14th century. Next up was the Refectory located in the upper storey above the Hall of Knights. Right here we saw some great artifacts on display. We continued to the bedchamber that is furnished in Neo-Rococo style and was reserved for important guests (for example the Dutch Queen Emma). Via this beautiful bedroom we had a look the Ernst-August-Salon with its paneled walls and coffered wooden ceiling. The salon bears its name to King August who was one of the rulers of Bentheim. The last room was the Library and we learned that only massive bookcase serves as a reminder of the library. The foundation of this collection of books was laid in Reformation times. And finally we visited carriage exhibition with carriages out of the 18th and 19th century. Today the carriages are used only for weddings.
It was great fun just to walk around in our own pace and have a look at some amazing historical buildings and artifacts. We continued our hike over the impressive defensive walls and ended up at the Castle Keep, the strategic center of Burg Badheim. From this upper platform enclosing enemies could be spotted easily, because the tower has a height of 30 meters and basic measurements are 14 by 14 meters. After enjoying the view all the way to Lingen, Ibbenbüren and even Enschede (The Netherlands) we climbed down via the steep wooden stair and once outside we saw the Herrgott of Bentheim Crucifix, an early Romaneque stone cross of the crucified Christ, the “Herrgott of Bentheim” (made around 1000 AD).
After that we made our way up to the 15th century Battery Tower, built to better protect the southwest flank of the Castle. We also lowered ourselves to the cannon cellar that also served as a jail. Finally we visited the reproduction of an Alchemist’s Laboratory on display. Such alchemist’s kitchens existed at many aristocratic courts in early modern times in the search for the Philosopher’s Stone they wanted to produce gold with.
We stayed in Bad Bentheim for over 3 days and if there is one thing you want to visit and can’t be overlooked, it will be the town’s most prominent emblem, the castle – Burg Bentheim. This very popular tourist site can be visited nowadays as a museum, with or without a guide. Time for us to explore it!
The origins of Burg Bentheim (Castle Bentheim) cannot be documented on the basis of historical sources, but it received a first early mention in the year 1020 BC. We parked our car near the gardens of the castle and had quite a strenuous hike towards the entrance of the caste. It immediately gave us a good idea how good the view over the city should be once we were there, because it’s know as the largest hilltop castle in northwest Germany. Once we arrived we had to pay a mild entrance fee and went towards the first highlight, the St. Catherine’s Church. This small chapel like church is an unadorned Gothic Church room with a rustic timber ceiling and a large gallery. Interestingly enough, the choir, which extends into the Romanesque Bingel Tower, lies a few steps lower. We saw some impressive tombstones, hatchments as well as a freely in the space hanging Madonna. We were lucky that there was a piano-tuner present and that gave a little extra to the holy place we were at.
Burg Bentheim is the German name for the Castle in Bad Bentheim.
The history of the castle goes as far back as 1050.
More pictures in the Castle Travelogue.
Entrance fee: Euro 3,50 (Adult)
Winter: Sa-Su: 10AM - 4PM
Outside Winter: Daily: 10AM - 5PM
The courtyard and wall exteriors are free to visit. The castle is closed during bad weather.
The Bad Bentheim Sandsteinmuseum displays all about the local sand stone that is used for centuries for building churches and other major buildings in the area ) also across the border with the Netherlands.
Entrance fee: Euro 2,-- (Adult).
Tu-Su: 2PM - 5PM (6PM in Summer).
First mentioned in 1116 is a famous landmark of the town, situated upon a hill it does peer down at you from above.
Entry fee was €3 and you can go up on the walls, climb right to the top of the tower and get great views of the area, sit in the nice grassed area and go and look in the museum, you can look in re-created rooms, and the glass cabinets full of mementos of the families who have lived there. And they had a torture chamber which you can look down into, now it's just a place people throw loose change in.
Very close to the Netherlands so lots of Dutch visit to get a taste of some hills!
It's a NIce castle in a very good state. You can walk around it, trough beautiful gardens (children like to climb the walls and hills around the castle!!).
There are many festivities trough the whole year. You can see when and what in the eventcalendar.
You have to pay 3 euro (children till 6 free, 6-14 pay 2,5 euro) to get into the castle.
You can walk around the walls and on top of the walls. You get a nice view over the city ans surrounding.
Climb up the towers (very narrow and steep) and take a look inside the prison or the old laboratory.
You can also see the original rooms with antic furniture, old clothes and articles of use.