The Baroque hunting lodge of Clemenswerth Castle in Sögel, with its central pavilion surrounded by eight smaller lodges for guests, is the only remaining star-shaped hunting complex in the world. The graceful 18th century buildings unite art and nature to create a wonderful experience. The museum has a wide range of fascinating exhibits, including pieces inspired by Baroque hunting, fine porcelain, and faience ware from Strasbourg. Numerous events take place here, making the most of the stunning setting provided by the castle grounds: a museum night, the ParkArt art fair, drag hunting and falconry days, and the “Kleine Fest im großen Park” (small fete in the grand park). www.clemenswerth.de
Altenkamp Manor near Papenburg radiates grandeur, power and simplicity. Magnificent frescoes dating back to 1750, the impressive Baroque gardens and carefully curated art exhibitions make this manor house well worth visiting. www.gut-altenkamp.de
Haren (Ems) features three superb castles and manor houses dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. What makes these buildings so special is that all three are presently used as accommodation for visitors and tourists.
Dankern Castle forms the centrepiece of one of the largest holiday parks in Europe. The magnificent water castle is surrounded by approx. 700 holiday cottages and an incredible choice of leisure and games facilities for all kinds of weather. www.schloss-dankern.de
Düneburg Manor is a paradise for golfing enthusiasts. The old manor house with a hotel and restaurant sits at the centre of an 18-hole tournament course. Directly adjacent is the spa resort “EVE Resort” with its luxury holiday cottages. www.eve-resort.de
Landegge Manor (familotel) is a multiple award-winning riding and holiday resort. Visitors who experience its unique atmosphere for the first time tend to return time and time again. www.gut-landegge.de