Garden complex

Embedded in the landscape of the Lower Rhine, the neo-Gothic moated Moyland Castle with its historic gardens from the late 19th and early 20th century forms an ensemble of high artistic and cultural-historical significance.

Baroque garden elements, such as the system of avenues and moats, still determine the basic structure of the garden to this day. Parallel to the refurbishment of the castle in the neo-Gothic style, a ‘mixed style’ garden was laid out in the late 19th century. In it, sections in the style of an English garden are combined with structures of an architectural garden to create a highly variegated park and garden landscape. Parallel to the reconstruction of the castle, it was also restored to its last historically handed down state.

Sculpture park

The park is our largest exhibition area. The sculpture park, which was established in 1997, features roughly seventy works of art from the museum’s collection, including works by, among others, Erwin Heerich, Eduardo Chillida, James Lee Byars, and Gerhard Marcks.

The sculptures from the late 20th century blend harmoniously into the historical garden. Outdoor sculptural works, from small-format to monumental artworks, are integrated into the various areas of the garden. This combination of contemporary works of art and historical garden art opens up a variety of relationships between art and nature. It lifts art out of its museum context and places it in a dialogue with designed nature.

You will receive a free site plan at the museum entrance, which will help you to find your way around and includes a list of the exhibited works of art.

Current Exhibition

From December 2020 to August 2021, eighteen sculptures by the artist Robert Schad are on display in the park.

Herb garden

The herb garden of the Museum Schloss Moyland is one of the largest and most attractive of its kind in the region. It was laid out in 1999 according to the model of the Anholter-Moyländer Kräuterbuch (Anholt-Moyland Book of Herbs) of 1470, which is today in the Princely Salm-Salm Library of the Museum Wasserburg Anholt.

More than 350 herbs

In sixteen individual beds, you will find over 350 local and foreign herbs, including herbs from the Anholter-Moyländer Kräuterbuch, poisonous plants, exotic herbs, a bed of herbs known from the ancient world, and medicinal plants and herbs that played a role in the herbal medicine of Hildegard von Bingen, as well as culinary herbs.

Public guided tours

Every 2nd Sunday of the month (June to October), 1:00 pm 
Fee: 3 €, plus admission

Hydrangea collection

Hydrangeas fascinate with their richness of forms and colours. A total of more than 2,000 plants from over 530 different hydrangea varieties, including the new Schloss Moyland variety, are at home in the historic gardens, which boasts one of the largest hydrangea collections in Germany.

History and Origins

Hydrangeas have a long tradition in the castle gardens of Europe. In the eighteenth century, the shrubs came from Asia to the European continent. Hydrangeas have their origins in two regions of the world, which explains the variety of forms. The species from Asia were the first to become known in Europe, especially the species Hydrangea macrophylla with ball or plate flowers (also known in Germany as ‘Bauernhortensien’ or farmer’s hydrangea), Hydrangea paniculata (panicled hydrangea), and Hydrangea serrata, also with plate flowers. From the American continent, the Hydrangea arborescens (wild hydrangea), among others, came here later, showing much looser ball flowers. Other species present in the park are the Hydrangea petiolaris (climbing hydrangea) and the rare Hydrangea involucrata. There are now roughly 1,000 named hydrangea varieties. Hydrangeas are considered a symbol of gratitude, grace, and beauty.

Public guided tours

Every 2nd Sunday of the month (June to October), 4:00 pm 
Fee: 3 €, plus admission