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The castle Schwansbell in Lünen (North Rhine-Westphalia) is an old Westphalian moated castle, whose moat but does not surround the castle itself, but a garden island on which originally stood a small castle.
The castle Schwansbell has a varied past.
The castle has been used since 1187 as a knight seat of the lords of Schwansbell. In its present form, it was built in the years 1872 to 1875 to plans by the Dortmund architect Fritz Weber by Wilhelm von Westerholt in the style of English Neo-Gothic with two octagonal towers. In 1929, the city of Lünen acquired the castle, which in 1934 served the Hitler Youth. During the Second World War, the building served as accommodation for the flying crews of the nearby Air Base Dortmund. Later, after the Second World War, the buildings were temporarily used as a kind of military hospital, then as a youth / orphanage.After a reconstruction, Schloss Schwansbell is now divided into rental apartments and office space.In contrast to the small garden island, the castle park is open to the public and a popular walking path in Lünen. It houses unusual tree species from the east of North America and from southeastern Europe, such as the trumpet tree, the thorn, robinia or the tulip tree.
July 6, 2018
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