Twenty twenty what a year!
Schlosshotel Hugenpoet

Twenty twenty what a year!

Dear guests, dear friends of Hugenpoet manor,

an exciting year TWENTY TWENTY is behind us. The hotel and catering industry is obviously one of the most affected sectors and we can all only hope that this situation will soon come to an end.

 We at Hugenpoet manor fought, hoped, waited, comforted, admonished and marveled in TWENTY TWENTY.

We have not lost courage!
We were lucky in special situations!
But we also had a lot of fun!
We had our guests and we had US!

TWENTY21 will again demand a lot from many of us. We remain confident!

We hope that TWENTY21 will soon have many tourist and business guests traveling again, many bridal couples, children, birthday, confirmation and baptism celebrants, many end-of-the-day, many Essenes and guests from home and abroad and all the other guests we have come to love so much to be pampered.

With passion and a smile, we look forward to doing what we love again: making guests happy with all our hearts!

See you soon here at Hugenpoet manor!

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From manor to castle

Where does the name Hugenpoet originate? Although some of the historic items may evoke poetic moods, the name has nothing to do with poetry. Hugen means “toad”, and the word Poet comes from the term for “puddle” or “pool”. In fact, the castle is surrounded by water to this day.

It is not easy to retell the history of Hugenpoet castle in a few words. After all, only the historic walls and the rarely seen castle ghost truly know everything that went on at Hugenpoet in centuries past.


  • 778: First mention as Charlemagne’s royal manor
    Middle Ages: Property of Messrs von Nesselrode, alias Hugenpoet.
  • 1478: Feuds raging at the time result in the castle being stormed and burnt to the ground.
  • 1509: Construction of a new castle close to the ruins.
  • 1647: Johann Wilhelm von Nesselrode-Hugenpoet has the castle, badly damaged in the Thirty Years’ War, demolished and rebuilt. (The result is more or less as the castle stands today!)
  • 1831: The castle has fallen into debt and become dilapidated, and is compulsorily auctioned off to Freiherr Friedrich Leopold von Fürstenberg.
  • 1879: The von Fürstenberg family transfers its residence from Schloss Borbeck to Schloss Hugenpoet.
  • 1940s: Following the bombing of the Museum Folkwang building in World War II, the museum leases the ground floor until 1954.
  • 1955: Kurt Neumann uses his own funds to convert the castle into a hotel and restaurant, and becomes the hotel’s first owner within a leasehold.
  • 1964: His son Jürgen Neumann takes over the establishment and builds the hotel’s outstanding international reputation.
  • 1995: Michael Lübbert becomes a partner in the hotel business.
  • 1996: Together, they add 6 rooms and 2 junior suites to the hotel, bringing the total number of rooms to 25.
  • 2000 - 2013: Michael Lübbert becomes the sole proprietor of the hotel, which he manages with 26 rooms, increasing later to 31.
  • 2014 onwards: Maximilian Freiherr von Fürstenberg takes over Schloss Hugenpoet GmbH & Co. KG and leads the company. He expands the hotel to 36 rooms, and opens the restaurant LAURUSHAUS in May 2016.

The crest of the Fürstenberg family


Schlosshotel Hugenpoet