In 2010, the entrepreneur Paul Gauselmann decided to save one of the region's most important historical monuments from decay and give it a new purpose: Schloss Benkhausen became the training and education centre of the Gauselmann Group.
The history of the former knight's estate began over 500 years ago and is inextricably linked with the Westphalian noble family "von dem Bussche-Münch". The historic estate, which served the Wittekindshof Foundation as a residential and work facility for people with disabilities for almost five decades from the beginning of the 1960s, was converted into one of the most modern conference facilities with a hotel in the region in the course of an approximately five-year renovation phase. With 13 seminar rooms and 38 single/double rooms for a total of 50 overnight guests, it is available both as a training centre for the corporate group and for seminars and events organised by other companies. The excellent quality of the conference hotel will be underlined in 2021 by being named for the first time in the book of the "250 best conference hotels in Germany".
The English garden at Schloss Benkhausen is considered a botanical jewel, especially by nature lovers. Along centuries-old trees, historical paths lead past an oak arboretum and native herbaceous beds that are unique in Germany.
Another enrichment for the region is the circular hiking trail, which was created in 2018 and offers visitors nature-based recreation and relaxation: The approximately two-kilometre-long path leads from the castle's landscaped park through its own adjacent forest and further along the Mittelland Canal, past the historic burial ground and back to the castle courtyard. Along the circular walk, there are several stops worth seeing.
Schloss Benkhausen is a popular destination in the district of Minden-Lübbecke, especially at the weekends, because of its many art, music and cultural events, the cosy café "Rentei" and its special recreational value.
A special attraction is the landing stage directly on the Mittelland Canal, which runs past the castle only a few hundred metres away. Passenger ships of the "Weiße Flotte Minden" (Minden White Fleet) offer regular day trips to the Schloss Benkhausen pier from May to September.
Schloss Benkhausen offers the ideal setting for seminars, conferences and meetings: modern rooms and historical ambience at the same time. We offer a total of 13 event rooms flooded with daylight and are happy to provide adequate conference technology in addition to WLAN.
Schloss Benkhausen has 38 hotel rooms. The rooms, tastefully furnished in a modern design, are air-conditioned and equipped with cable TV, radio, safe, telephone and desk, as well as shower and hairdryer in the bathroom. Some rooms can be combined as suite/family room on request.
The Rentei was once the administrative center of the manorial estate. Today, the historic building has blossomed into new life as a gastronomic addition to the Schloss Benkhausen conference hotel as well as the German Coin-op Museum.