Raesfeld, the gate of Münster in the Rhineland!
Categories: Sightseeing, Cultural and History
Raesfeld was first mentioned in 889, as “Hrothusfeld.” The first known local ruler was Rabodo von dem Berge (“of the mountain”), circa 1170. He was probably also the founder of the church of Raesfeld around which the village developed.
Raesfeld is located in the Westminster county, bordering with the areas of Wesel and Recklinghausen. The border to the Rhineland is nearby, e.g. Cologne. Excursions to the Netherlands are also easy to do. The Ruhr area with its cities of Essen, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Dortmund, Bochum, etc. are quickly reached, too. Nearby villages are Rhede, Borken, Heiden, Schermbeck, Hamminkeln and Dorsten.
Knowledge of the village of Raesfeld reaches into the Münsterland, Ruhr area, Rhineland and even into the Netherlands. It’s not only because of its moated castle or the oak in the Erle part of the village, which is more than a 1000 years old, the landscape which is great for hiking and biking, or the maintained village flair.
Well-kept and comfortable pubs, restaurants and hotels invite the guest to eat and stay. The Minserland cuisine is rich and varied. A very special dining experience is offered by the Knight’s Dinner in the knight’s hall of Raesfeld castle. Accompanied by a medieval troupe of minstrels and artists, this culinary-artistic event is a true experience.
But, there are also attractive events and folk festivals in Raesfeld, e.g. the Kappesmarkt, farmer’s markets or the Raesfeld carnival. And there’s culture. A very popular event is the castle concert series or the 3-day music festival at the castle.
Raesfeld castle: Impressive moated castle from the 14th-17th centuries with front castle, main castle, and astrologer’s tower, surrounded by West Minsterland park landscape.
Castle chapel: St. Sebastian chapel was built 1658 and contains a baroque altar and the Leaden Heart of Christoph Otto von Velen, died 1733.
Animal Park and Wellbrock fountain: The Tiergarten of Raesfeld castle was built in the middle of the 17th century and is one of the oldest well-maintained renaissance zoos in Germany. It also contains the Wellbrock fountain.
Femeiche oak: The more than 1000-year-old oak is located near the parish church of Erl. It is one of the oldest oaks of Germany, having been alive already during the reign of Charlemagne. It is also the former location of so-called Femgerichte, early court proceedings, which are re-enacted for today’s tourists.
Castle Museum: The museum at the castle is a regional history museum with a small exhibition concerning the nature and cultural history of the area.
Art and Fable Trail: The “Kunst- und Sagenweg” connects the village center and the castle. At different stations, it presents legends from the area.
Turmwindmühle: This “tower wind mill” is located to the south of the village Erle on a wide free farmland.
Parish church St. Martin: Rabodo von dem Berge, the first ruler of Raesfeld, was the founder of this church.
In the course of the year, there are regular events:
- Historic Kappesmarkt
- Christmas market in the castle courtyard
- various farmer’s market
- Rose Monday parade and sessions of the Raesfeld carnival association
- concerts in the knight’s hall of Raesfeld castle
- Bike trekking day
- music festival at the castle
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