willkommen-in-germany:Das Schloss Herten is a moated castle in…

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Das Schloss Herten is a moated castle in Herten near Recklinghausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen in Northwestern Germany. It’s set within an old English landscape garden; its first mention dates back to 1376. In 1962, the main castle building was declared a cultural heritage monument. While foundations of today’s main castle incorporate elements from the 14th-century, the buildings visible today were built in the 16th and 17th century. After WW1, the main castle was no longer used as a residence and started to deteriorate. Subsidence caused by widespread sub-surface mining in the surrounding industrial Ruhr area added to the structural damage, bringing the castle close to collapse. Only radical restoration measures saved the late Gothic castle complex from total decline. Today, it is used as a venue for concerts, cultural events, and festivities. It also houses a café. The Schlosspark is popular for walking, picknicking, jogging, and biking.