The Oldenkottplatz Fountain is placed at the main down town pedestrian crossing.
The fountain has movable bronze figures sculpted by Bonifatius Stirnberg and placed in 1944 as part of an Euregio art event.
The St. Mariä Himmelfahrt church is the main downtown church. At it's location inthe past the chapel of the castle was located. That was extened to a church that burned down in 1400.
In 1401 a brick stone Gotic "Hallenkirche" contruction started. More than a century later a tower construction started.
After the city fire of 1863 only the stone church walls remain. Reonstruction starts and two years later the church is reopened with a new and higher tower.
In 1896 the church is enlarged.
In 1945 in WWII the church is heavily damaged; reconstruction starts in the same year.
In 1965 the church condition became that worse, the main building had to be demolished. A complete new designed building was constructed in the next year. Only the old tower remained.
The castle of Ahaus has a long history.
In 1120 a first small castle construction started under management of Bernhard von Diepenheim. Bernhard's son Lifhard starts using the family name "Von Ahaus".
In 1406 the castle came under control of the Bishop of Münster.
In the 16th century walls and waterways were added.
In 1569 the castle was ransacked during the Dutch-Spanish war.
In 1688 the first castle is demolished by order of Bishop Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg.
In 1690 A new "water castle" in a barock style starts and is finalized in 1718.
In 1757 the new castle is ransacked by French troops.
From 1763 till 1767 the castle is being modernised under management of Johann Conrad Schlaun.
In 1819 Hermann Oldenkott from Amsterdam rents the castle and starts a tobacco factory in the building. In 1829 the Oldenkott family buys the main building.
In 1945 in WWII the castle is bombed and destroyed; in 1949 the re-construction of the castle starts.
Nowadays the Amtsgericht Ahaus is housed in the castle.
THe castle houses two museums: the Torhausmuseum and the Schulmuseum.
In 1930 the St. Georg Fountain was opened at the City Hall square.
It commemmorates the World War I casualties.
There was also s great church..but pity he was closed..I must back one day!!Ahaus is 40 km from my home..When it is a sunny day i go with the bycycle..
You can make e great walk by the Wasserschloss...Nice to do..and also os Ahaus a great place for shopping..And i think there is much more..We where here on a sunday!!