a walk in time and read about the history

The landmark of the city is the Iburg castle where the old Benedictine abbey has been combined with the castle into a remarkable double unit. The Iburg castle was built in 1070 initially to be a castle. The Benedictine monastery was founded after that in 1080. Especially recommended is the Knights' Hall with a fireplace and central ceiling paintings. The castle and monastery Iburg are among the most historic construction in Lower Saxony.

Iburg castle - symbol of our city

Iburg castle is a double unit of the former arch bishop residence and the Benedictine Abbey of St. Clemens. The foundation dates back to the 11th century. From 1236 the site of the Osnabrück bishops was converted into a residence. During late 15th century, the castle of arch bishop Philip Sigismund von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel was extended to the present-day building complex.

The most famous resident of the castle was Sophie Charlotte, who was born in 1668 at Iburg castle. Later, she was the first queen of Prussia and grandmother of Frederick the Great (Friedrichs des Grossen). Today, the castle houses among others the museum and the magnificent Knights' Hall from the 17th century, which has been well preserved to this day. The interesting castle tours include the Knights' Hall, the birth and dressing room of Queen Sophie Charlotte, the Benno tower, courtyards, and two churches.

To date, Iburg castle dominates the town of Bad Iburg. Surrounded by forests Bad Iburg is an excellent starting point for long walks or bike rides.

visiting times

Knights' Hall: May – October from 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
museum: Friday - Sunday 2.30 pm - 5.00 pm
garden: daily and free of charge

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to talk to us. We are happy to help you with any questions about directions, prices and more. Please contact us on +49 (0) 5403 7324-0 or email

castle Iburg
garden next to the castle Iburg
castle in Bad Iburg
castle Iburg