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"Where in Steinfurt can I buy fresh rolls in the morning or get a nice breakfast with coffee?" (posted 09/03/2014)

Bakery Bäumer, tecklenburgerstrasse road Essmann tree garden café Swan for breakfast or at Essmann at Baumgarten
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Visit the castle Schloss Steinfurt and adjacent Bagnopark with the only free-standing concert hall in Europe from the 18th century. Next to the park, the golf course (9 holes). In addition, the small old town is worth seeing. Beautiful is the new bike path near Steinfurt on an old railway line, a direction to the Rhine and into the in the other direction to Coesfeld.
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Steinfurt Overview

Steinfurt is situated north-west of Münster (Münster vacation rentals | Münster travel guide), North Rhine-Westphalia. Its name came into being in 1975 when the two – up to then independent – parts of the city – Borghorst and Burgsteinfurt – combined into a unity. Borghorst became a prosperous city because of its flourishing textile industries, whereas Burgsteinfurt has never been an industrial town, but rather a city of culture and administration. Tourists of the 19th century passing Steinfurt praised the city and called it the “Paradise of Westphalia” and “Royal Diamond” (Königsdiamant) because of its 75 monumental buildings, the moated castle and the river.

Things to See in Steinfurt

The Old Town Hall built in 1561 reveals in its gable the self-confidence of the economically successful citizens of Burgsteinfurt. The swinging contours of the Renaissance gable lead to seven peaked pyramids and the crest of the city. The turret of the town hall is supported by one big beam, called “Kaiserstiel” (i.e., emperor’s beam). The Gothic hall below on the first floor contained the city guard and the prison for a very long time. On the second floor you will find the big assembly hall of the city council and the chamber with the fireplace.

Opposite to the Town Hall the street leads to “Hahnenstrasse.” Right at the beginning you will discover the so-called “Huck-Beifang-Haus.” Eberhard Huck, the financial administrator of the Count, had built this house as an annex to his wife’s home in “Bütkamp 3.” The proud owner wrote down on the bay in Latin: ”Sunt hae structae aedes Eberhardie sumptibus Hucki. Ex his as superas sperat abire domos,” which would be in English something like: “This house was built at the expense of Eberhard Huck. From here he hopes he will come into heaven one day.” The bay is marked with the crest of the Huck family (Huck = hook) and Beifang family and the year 1607. The building, which was used in former times as a library and a stable for horses, is now used for exhibitions of fine arts and lectures.

From here a narrow medieval lane, the so-called “Kalkarstiege,” leads to “Bütkamp.” Here you will encounter several old buildings all at once: first the Haus Bütkamp 3 on the left side and the so-called Ackerbürgerhaus, a house inhabited by a citizen who was a farmer as well as a citizen of the town and who had his land outside the city walls. On the right side stands a very graceful half-timbered house with two storeys. It dates from the beginning of the 17th century and is called Kornschreiberhaus (“Bütkamp 14”). The second floor and the third floor extend into the street. In this way the house offered more space. Michael Oeglein from Swabia in southern Germany is regarded as the architect and first owner of this house. He was in charge of collecting the duties and taxes the farmers had to give to the Count in the form of rye and other grain before they were liberated at the beginning of the 19th century. He had to write down what the farmers handed in and, therefore, the house got its name “Kornschreiberhaus.”

The tall building with “Stadtbücherei” (city library) written on it is the so-called “Weinhaus” (wine-house). It is the oldest building at the market square. Built around 1450 by the Count, it served for the accommodation of his guests and later on for selling wine. It also represents the power the Count practised inside the city, because the market usually symbolized the wealth and power of the citizens. Because of certain defects in the construction of the building, the roof already had to be remodelled in 1490. The wall close to “Kirchstrasse” had to be rebuilt after the Thirty Years War. And the stucco façade, a mix between Baroque elements and “Jugendstil” (Art Nouveau), was added in 1912. The house lodges a fireplace today, which originally stood in the house “Markt 16.” Contrary to the biblical stories it shows both Adam and Eve holding an apple.

Close to the Wine-House you will observe two houses in Renaissance style. The house “Markt 18” was owned by the judge and law professor at the “Hohe Schule,” Johannes Goddaeus, who had the house built on the foundations of a wine-shop. The house “Markt 16” was erected by the administrator of the Count Dr. Caspar Kestering, and his wife Adelheid Huberts immediately after the Thirty Years War in 1648. Their initials can be seen in the crest of the two lions in front of the door. In the past there was a tavern, the cellar of which still exists. During the Thirty Years War the house was destroyed, but Kestering had a new house put up on the foundation of the old one in the style of the so-called Dutch Renaissance.

Opposite to this house you will observe the Haus Pieter van der Swaagh, which was built in 1784 by the judge Friedrich Houth in classicistic style. The flowerpots on the house with the artificial agaves probably derive from the Bagno.

The tour leads on to “Burgstrasse.” It is worth having a look at the former “Kunsthaus” (House of Arts) of the Count. More than a hundred years ago it was a unique museum of works of art, stuffed crocodiles and strange instruments for scientific experiments. At the end of “Burgstrasse” there is the “Schlossmühle” (castle mill) on the left and the castle itself on the right. There was a mill on this site already in the Middle Ages, today there is a café and a restaurant.

The Castle is one of the most important buildings of Burgsteinfurt. Tours of the Castle are possible with a reservation, but only certain parts of it can be visited as it is still inhabited by the Prince and his family. A fortified castle was erected on a hill already dug up in the 10th century, but was destroyed in 1164 in a fight with the noblemen of Ascheberg (Ascheberg vacation rentals | Ascheberg travel guide) nearby. The new facility contained an outer wall, the “Buddenturm,” a big tower for defence demolished in the 18th century, and the tower used for living with the Big Hall of Knights. A rare construction are the two chapels built on top of each other and used as a two-storeyed chapel. The auxiliary building (“Vorburg”) of today in front of the main residence or “Hauptburg” comprises flats, garages, stables and farm buildings. In the middle there is a little Baroque “house” for a well, built by the stonemason Johann Schrader.

From the castle and the market the majestic building of the “Hohe Schule,” a former university building, can be seen. To counter the activities of the Jesuits in Münster (Münster vacation rentals | Münster travel guide) and “Münsterland,” Count Arnold IV (1554 – 1606) founded a Calvinistic university, once the oldest university in Westphalia. Starting in 1591 the “Hohe Schule” offered courses in law, theology, medicine/physics, philosophy, history and rhetoric. Doctors’ degrees, however, were not awarded in Burgsteinfurt. The “Hohe Schule” was built in the Renaissance style and is crowned by two weather vanes that are marked with the crest of Count Arnold IV and his wife. Around the big tower runs a gallery, where people could make astronomical computations. At the beginning of the 19th century the “Hohe Schule” was closed. It was used then by French troops under Napoleonic rule, later on as the seat of a law court and as a prison.

From the “Hohe Schule” an alley branches off, the so-called Kautenstege, actually Kortenstege or “short way.” At the beginning the old “Geisthaus” (House of the Holy Spirit) can be seen, the only surviving poorhouse of the city from the 15th century. In “Kautenstege” a memorial stone reminds the visitor of the Synagogue that once stood here and the Jewish citizens who were deported. The Synagogue was destroyed in November 1938. At the end of “Kautenstege” you reach Steinstrasse (“cobblestone street,” in former times the only paved street in Burgsteinfurt); on the right side there is the old town hall, the starting point of the tour.

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More about the History of Steinfurt

Burgsteinfurt is one of the most remarkable places in Münsterland. Mostly influenced by Protestants, it is home to one of the oldest academies of continuing education in Westphalia. It has buildings of all ages and one of the most beautiful moated castles in the entire region. These landmarks distinguish “Stemmert” – as it is often called by its inhabitants – from the neighbouring countryside. Additionally a delightful landscape can be found in Burgsteinfurt, especially the Bagno, a green amusement park from the 18th century with one of the oldest free-standing European concert halls.

The farming communities Hollich, Sellen and Veltrup are significantly older than Burgsteinfurt. The centre of Burgsteinfurt developed around the main farm of “Veltrup,” which already existed in 890 as “villa veliun.” Probably “villa veliun” was the main homestead of a small settlement, which was located on the territory of today’s inner castle ward. At that time there was a market square at the current entrance of the castle, which later developed into the “Old Town” of today.

Another settlement that could not be dated precisely was found in the course of archeological excavations in the area of the contemporary “Steintorfeldmark.” All three farming communities had their own sanctuaries in pre-Christian time. After the era of Christianization they built a church in honour of Irish missionaries, which was the predecessor of today’s “Great Protestant Church.“ Still today the farming communities celebrate their own feasts and customs with their own special atmosphere, although they were incorporated into the city in 1939.

Steinfurt’s name originates from an old stone passage (or “ford”) across the river “Aa.” This passage was probably located at today’s crossways of “Wasserstraße” and “Europaring.“ Being a part of a military connection between the east and west, it was one of only few possibilities to cross the river with coaches. The authority controlling the “ford” was powerful, being able to demand tolls, and fords were also places of commerce. Therefore it is not surprising that a group of knights – the ancestors of today’s Count of Bentheim-Steinfurt – seized power over the passage and all the roads around. In a document from 1129 there is the first reference to two noblemen “de Steinvorde” (of Steinfurt). They probably had a moated castle built in the place of the main farm of Veltrup near the “ford” in order to take control of it.

The decision of the French to choose Steinfurt as an administrational centre was simultaneously the start of the industrial era. Because of bad harvests and mass poverty many citizens emigrated to the USA. Especially in Ohio and Missouri old “Stemmerter” (= citizens of Steinfurt) left their traces at that time. Steinfurt was linked to the existing road networks. Old city gates were torn down to establish new housing estates beyond the old city boundaries. In 1851 the first house was built outside the ancient urban area. Railroad connections were established from Steinfurt to Münster (Münster vacation rentals | Münster travel guide), Enschede, Rheine (Rheine vacation rentals | Rheine travel guide), Oberhausen (Oberhausen vacation rentals | Oberhausen travel guide) and Borken (Borken vacation rentals | Borken travel guide). Textile industries, tobacco factories and the brewery “Rolinck” became famous. The mostly protestant population grew remarkably. An almost forgotten fact is that the first line of telegraphs existed between Burgsteinfurt and Borghorst. Christoph Ludwig von Hoffmann, MD, scientist and personal physician of the Count, invented the optical telegraph.

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Steinfurt is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Steinfurt.

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