Burg Hulshoff Munster Germany

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Burg Hulshoff, in the suburb of Havixbeck, the ancestral DrosteHulshoff home, where Annette was born in 1797, and Haus Ruschhaus, the erstwhile country home of Westphalia's most celebrated Baroque architect, Johann Conrad Schlaun, in MunsterNienberge, where Annette lived from 1820 to 1846 and wrote most of her works.

Burg Hiilshoff, first mentioned in the 11th century, and the property of the Drostes since the 15th, is a stately fourstory manor house of brick and sandstone to which the last alterations were made more than 450 years ago. The StrombergDroste zu Hulshoff family, who own it, have made the entire ground floor of what is still their private home into a museum of the life and customs of the Munsterland nobility during the early 19th century.

(Open daily, 9:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., midMarch through midDecember.) Haus Riischhaus, 2Vz km (111'2 miles) northeast of Burg Hulshoff, or 8 km (5 miles) north from central Munster along highway B 54, is by contrast just a country cottage that Schlaun designed for himself in 1745 on property that had belonged to the bishops.

The DrosteHulshoff family bought it in 1825 and continued to own it until 1979, when they sold it to the city of Munster and the state of NorthrhineWestphalia. Its halfdozen rooms, filled with Biedermeier furnishings, draw visitors by the tens of thousands; the graceful, manicured garden is another reflection of life in the Munsterland of old. (Open daily except Mondays, 10:00 A.M. to noon and 2:30 to 4:30 P.M., March 29 through October 31; 10:00 A.M. to noon and 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., November 1 through December 23; closed in winter.)

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