Castle and garden tours in Bad Essen

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Schloss Hünnefeld near Bad Essen
Schloss Hünnefeld near Bad Essen

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The small town of Bad Essen (Bad Essen vacation rentals | Bad Essen travel guide) in Lower Saxony offers more than health just resorts. Between spa treatments be sure to visit two impressive castles in the area: Schloss Ippenburg and Schloss Hünnefeld.

Schloss Ippenburg

, which was built in a Neo-Gothic style, hosts beautiful garden exhibitions annually. Among its impressive list of shows, the castle was the location of the Lower Saxony garden show in 2010. Numerous artists' gardens are set on more than 6 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Schloss Ippenburg’s gardens are a must-see for all the garden-lovers out there, or for anyone that simply enjoys fresh air and country pleasures.

The castle is not only a great stop for adults, but for the whole family. The children can play in the gardens and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The continuous flow of horticultural shows brings new and exciting things to see with each visit to Schloss Ippenburg. This beloved area landmark boasts over 600 years of history and is adding new and exciting events each year.

Schloss Hünnefeld

is located only 2 km away from Bad Essen, in the town of Harpenfeld. It is the older of the two castles, as it was first constructed in the 12th century. However, the manor house was built about 300 years later and the mansion that sits here presently was built between 1600 and 1614 by Gerhard-Clamor von dem Bussche. Today the castle is home to a private museum that explains the history of the castle and the people who once owned it. The castle regularly hosts various events, such as artistic displays and exhibitions. The gardens surrounding the castle are lovely, so be sure to take some time to wander around before or after viewing the interior of the buildings.

You can visit Schloss Hünnefeld on the weekends: Saturdays from 2pm-5pm, and Sundays from 11am-5pm. The castle also has a café, Café Alte Rentei, which is a great place to stop for some refreshment. If you’d like to keep exploring after touring the castle, why not take a hike? There is an 8km hike starting at the Harpenfelder square in town. Follow the red markers and the trail will take you through meadows and parks; a perfect way to enjoy nature. You can also bike this route.

A visit to Bad Essen is incomplete without stops at Schloss Ippenburg and Schloss Hünnefeld.

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