Germany: Schloss Nordkirchen

Schloss Nordkirchen is one of the most famous and spectacular moated palaces in the Munsterland and is often referred to as the “Westphalian Versailles”. The rectangular castle was built in the early 18th century between 1703 and 1734 and covers a sprawling 170 hectares. It was originally the official residence of the Prince of Munster. This is much more a palace then a fortress, the moat feels like a lake and the structure is surrounded by beautiful manicured gardens with sculptures. Once over the bridges and through the ornate gates, you enter the interior courtyard, equally elaborated and richly decorated.