The former knight’s seat from 1326 underwent a change in the baroque architectural style around 1630.

Today, the Dorenburg is the central point of the open-air light museum in Grefrath and houses a permanent exhibition about life on the Lower Rhine in the past. Historical buildings and craftsmanship from the Lower Rhine are also shown on the grounds of the open-air museum. The visitor will also find a toy museum in the open-air museum.


Doren Castle Grefrath

History: Mentioned in a document in 1326, in 1630 it was converted into a baroque mansion, and the Dorenburg has been used as a museum since the 1970s
Guided tours: Guided tours by appointment
Events: Special exhibitions / events in the open-air museum such as Historical Mairitt, Harvest Festival, Treckertreff- Particularly noteworthy is the annual Christmas market around the Dorenburg
Specials: Getting married in the Niederrheinisches Freilichtmuseum / Niederrheinisches Freilichtsmuseum /

Castles and Palaces on the Lower Rhine:

Doren Castle Grefrath (Dorenburg)

Location : An der Dorenburg 28, 47929 Grefrath

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This map shows some historic castles and palaces in the region of the Lower Rhine. Some are among the most beautiful castles in Europe.

Castles & Palaces

Historic Buildings

You will find numerous historic building in the region of the Lower Rhine. For example castles, churches, mills and more.

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