Bike Touring Highlight
Absolutely visit if you come to Bad Bentheim. Very well preserved castle complex and almost completely to visit.
With a little luck you will also meet Prince Oscar, who still lives in the castle. There is much to discover and see here.
A short tip to Laurens! If you visit Bentheim next time, pls visit the castle urgently. It is really great. :-)
August 25, 2017
If you go down the stairs next to the tower to enter the courtyard, you can see the Lord God of Bentheim; an early Romanesque stone crucifix from the 11th century by an unknown artist.
It depicts the crucified Christ in the pose of a victor and judge (typical of Romanesque triumphal crosses). It was probably made around the year 1050. The statue is 2.80 meters high and 1.40 meters wide. It was made of Bentheimer sandstone.
The cross was found in 1828 near the farm Schulte-Kolthoff in the west of Bad Bentheim in a field under the ground.
Presumably it was overturned and buried after the introduction of the Reformation (1544 Protestant-Lutheran, 1588 Protestant-Reformed). (According to the Reformed view, Christ is not to be depicted, since the second commandment (biblical census) in the Old Testament (Exodus 20: 4-6) forbids images of God.) The cross was buried and was not recovered until 1828. At first it was stored in the castle. In 1868, it was put up in the castle courtyard between the Powder Tower and Burgtor. Bullet holes still bear testimony to the firing practice of the soldiers in 1945. That year, a Canadian (or, according to other sources, a Polish) military vehicle, driving backwards against the "God of God", damaged the statue. It broke in two parts. After the restoration in 1951, they were placed at their present location. The Lord God of Bentheim is one of the oldest witnesses to the Christian faith in the region. The exclamation "God of Bentheim" was once widely used as a prayer for temples, a sign of the fame of the ancient figure of Christ far beyond the county of Bentheim. Perhaps this exclamation was passed on by traveling journeymen, because he is known to southern Germany, but in the county forgotten.
February 6, 2017
If you come to Bentheim, a visit to the castle is a must. It is one of the most beautiful but also largest weir plants in northwest Germany. Probably originated around 1100, as well as the located on the powder tower "Lord God of Bentheim". A stone sculpture found in a field (around 1830). On the whole, the castle complex is in very good condition and you can visit almost all areas. From the Palas or Pulverturm you have a wide view over the county of Bentheim and into Holland. Bad Bentheim itself is a small charming town in the immediate holiday feeling comes up. Visit it!
August 25, 2017
Bentheim Castle is the largest hilltop castle in north-western Germany, receiving mention for the first time in 1050. More recently, it has been in the possession of the Counts and Princes of Bentheim and Steinfurt for more than five centuries.
More at: bentheim-castle.com
March 9, 2020
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