Castle and Garden

The history of Moyland Castle (PDF) begins in the early 14th century. Over the subsequent centuries, the medieval moated castle was remodelled many times. A significant change in the complex took place in the baroque period. In the 19th century, the master builder of Cologne Cathedral Ernst Friedrich Zwirner reconstructed the castle in the neo-gothic style. Until 1945, the von Steengracht family, who had bought the estate in 1766, used the castle as their residence. Following severe damages during the end of the Second World War, the building remained a ruin for decades. After the founding of the Museum Schloss Moyland Foundation in 1990, the reconstruction of the castle and restoration of the garden complex began, according to their last historically documented state.

Baroque garden elements such as the avenues and moats still dominate the basic structure of the complex today. It combines elements of a landscape garden with those of an architectural garden, a sculpture garden as well as a herb garden.


Since the spring of 2016, the gardens of Castle Moyland have been featuring an additional attraction. A good 530 varieties of hortensia – including older varieties – have been planted in various areas of the park.

Foto: Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland/Lena Manteuffel

to top | back