Visit this stunning Baroque hunting lodge in Sögel, quite unique among hunting lodges around the world for its architecture. The 18th century complex is the only remaining star-shaped lodge in the world - made from its central pavillion and surrounding eight smaller lodges. History, art and nature come together in these buildings to make a compelling experience for visitors, making it a hugely popular attraction in the region. The museum at Clemenswerth Castle has a wide range of fascinating exhibits, while there are regularly events held in the grounds throughout the year.
History of the lodge
Clemenswerth was built between 1737 and 1747 according to plans from the reputed baroque architect Johann Conrad Schlaun. Elector and Archbishop of Cologne, Clemens August, who came from the house of Wittelsbach, was the man responsible for the construction of the building. August was also called "Lord of the Five Churches" because he also owned the episcopal chairs of Paderborn, Münster, Hildesheim and Osnabrück. From 1732 he was entitled "Grand Master of the Teutonic Order."
Castle and grounds
This castle is one of the most interesting cultural monuments in Northern Germany. Eight linden trees lead to the center, the hunting lodge. This beautiful building is surrounded by eight pavilions, including the castle chapel with a Capuchin monastery, which is still active today. Explore the pavilions to find several exhibitions on the topics of Baroque hunting, Clemens August and German orders. You'll also find exhibitions on fine porcelain, Strasbourg faience ware and modern contemporary ceramics. The 42 hectare forest park with its extensive pond is the perfect place for a walk. In the romantic monastery garden, where the Elector Clemens August used to relax after hunting or during governing, peace seekers can find a refuge of silence between fruit trees and the bush hedges.
A center for events
Many events take place at the castle, making the most of the stunning setting provided by the grounds. The old lodge hosts a museum night, the ParkArt art fair, drag hunting and falconry days and the "Kleine Fest im großen Park" (small fete in the big park.) Over the Advent weekend, the complex is covered in hundreds of lights to mark the special occasion, making a magical scene at night. This is accompanied by the biggest Christmas market in the region. If you're visiting at Christmas time, browse through over 100 stalls with wonderful gift and souvenir ideas, as well as fantastic food and drink to sample. The appealing events give just another exciting region to visit Clemenswerth Castle at all times of the year.