With the restoration of Benkhausen Castle started in 2010, the entrepreneur Paul Gauselmann took the decision to save one of the most important historical monuments of the region from dereliction.
The history of the former feudal estate goes back 500 years and is inexorably linked with the Westphalian “von dem Bussche-Münch” family. In a five-year restoration project, the historical estate, which from the early 1960s for nearly five decades served the Wittekindshof Foundation as a residence and workshop for people with disabilities, was converted into one of the region’s most modern conference venues with a hotel. Featuring 13 seminar rooms and 38 single/double bedrooms for up to 50 overnight guests, it can be used as the Gauselmann Group training centre, as well as for seminars and events organized by external companies.
The English Garden at Benkhausen Castle is a popular botanical jewel, especially among nature lovers. Historical paths lead past perennial beds with indigenous plants and an oak-tree arboretum unmatched anywhere else in Germany, and boasting a stock of trees hundreds of years old.
The circular walking path, which was only added in 2018, enriches the region and allows visitors to recuperate and relax close to nature: The path, which is approximately two kilometres long, leads from the landscaped park at Benkhausen Castle through the adjacent woods (which are also part of the estate) and continues along the Mittelland Canal, past the historical family cemetery, and back to the courtyard. There are some stops worth seeing and admiring along the circular walking path.
The new jetty directly on the Mittelland Canal, which passes only a few hundred meters from Benkhausen Castle, is a special attraction. Passenger boats of the “White Fleet of Minden” provide regular daily excursions to the “Benkhausen Castle” jetty from May to September.
In 2009, Paul Gauselmann decided to save Benkhausen Castle from decay and convert it into a training and education centre for the Gauselmann Group. The entire family was quickly enthusiastic about the idea. The purchase was above all an emotional decision, because the preservation of this cultural treasure for the entire region was very close to the hearts of all family members. Therefore, everything was done to preserve and restore the original character of the castle. In the process, the planned investment sum had to be greatly expanded again and again.
In the meantime, the castle is not only a renowned training centre, but also a popular venue for events in the fields of art, music and culture. The café "Die Rentei" also contributes to the fact that Benkhausen Castle has become one of the most popular destinations in the Minden-Lübbecke district.
Benkhausen Castle offers the ideal setting for seminars, conferences and meetings: modern rooms and historical ambience at the same time. We offer a total of 13 event rooms flooded with daylight and are happy to provide adequate conference technology in addition to WLAN.
Benkhausen Castle has 38 hotel rooms. The rooms, tastefully furnished in a modern design, are air-conditioned and equipped with cable TV, radio, safe, telephone and desk, as well as shower and hairdryer in the bathroom. Some rooms can be combined as suite/family room on request.
The Rentei was once the administrative center of the manorial estate. Today, the historic building has blossomed into new life as a gastronomic addition to the Benkhausen Castle conference hotel as well as the German Coin-op Museum.