Schloss Nordkirchen

Lonely Planet review

On an island surrounded by a sprawling, manicured park, Schloss Nordkirchen is an imposing baroque red-brick structure nicknamed the ‘Westphalian Versailles’. On a nice day, the palace is well worth visiting for the gardens and the exterior alone. Since it’s used as a state college for financial studies, the interior – with its stuccoed ceilings, festival hall and dining room – can only be seen on guided tours.

Schloss Nordkirchen is 8km southeast of Lüdinghausen in the hamlet of Nordkirchen, which is poorly served by public transport. Consult your bike map to find the route from Burg Vischering.