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This is castle Rheder in the very east of the German state Nordrhein-Westfalen (please see map view) near the town Brakel in the valley of Nethe river.
In 14th century it has been a manor and when the owning family, the knights von Brakel, became extinct in 1384 it devolved on the prince-bishop of Paderborn. The prince-bishop gave the manor as a fiefdom to the family of the barons von Mengersen who then built a fortified castle here. It was destroyed in Thirty Years' War. In 1727 the today's outer bailey with a frontage of 120 metres was constructed and in 1750 the today's baroque castle with a wonderful rococo interior was built.

West of the castle there's a large English landscape park (70 hectares), partly ascending a slope, with wonderful outlooks (please see ws photos where you also can see the castle front). Here one can have really calm and interesting long walks - including the landscape around.
Since more than 300 years there's also a brewery in the outer bailey ...

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