The present structure was built in the 17th century in Renaissance style on the site of a previous castle. This former feudal property with its compact and austere design is an impressive testimony of past times. The castle was acquired by the city of Bochum in 1921 and is now a popular destination for visitors. The wide-ranging exhibitions in different parts of the castle are a particular attraction. Apart from the Collection of Musical Instruments and the Ehrich East Asian Collection, the “Kemnade Treasure House”, an intriguing collection of objects illustrating the history of money, assembled by Sparkasse Bochum, can be found in the former stable block.
Music is very much a part of Haus Kemnade, and Förderverein Haus Kemnade und Musikinstrumentensammlung Grumbt e.V. regularly hosts “castle serenades” and concerts there in cooperation with Bochum Art Museum. If you visit the castle with children, you shouldn’t miss the Farmhouse Museum which is located behind the castle. The exhibits give a fascinating insight into what everyday life was like in the 18th and 19th century. On the upper floor of the farmhouse is an exhibition of everything to do with bees and beekeeping.
Moated Castle Haus Kemnade and Farmhouse Museum
An der Kemnade 10
D - 45527 Hattingen
Phone +49 2324 30268
Nov - Apr,Tue - Sun 11 - 17
May - Oct,Tue - Sun 12 - 18
– Public transport stop: Haus Kemnade (Hattingen)
SB38, SB67, 350 – Public transport stop: Steinenhaus (Hattingen)