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Schloss Wocklum

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In the heart of the Sauerland, in the valley of the Orlebach stream, lies the picturesque moated castle of Wocklum. It is home to the von Landberg-Velen family, an old Westphalian noble family.

In the first half of the 14th century, the noble family of Wockelheim (Wocklum) still lived there. The castle also belonged to the former Droste Hermann von Hatzfeld, who stood out as an opponent of the Reformation during the Truchsess War.

Since its acquisition by the Landdrosten Daniel Dietrich von Landsberg zu Erwitte († 1684) in 1656, the castle has been owned by the Counts of Landsberg-Velen.

A well-known ancestor of the family was Ignaz von Landsberg-Velen und Gemen (1788-1863), who had the Luisenhütte smelting works extended.

Since 1948, the Balve Optimum horse show has been held annually on the castle grounds, which goes back to Dieter Graf von Landsberg-Velen und Gemen.

The elegant salons, the large dining room and the elegant fireplace room are for private use. However, Jakob Count Landsberg-Velen and his wife Marie-Valerie Countess Landsberg-Velen are happy to open their historic home for exclusive events.

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Landpartie Schloss Wocklum

The Landpartie at Schloss Wocklum is a highlight in Balve's calendar of events every year. Take a break from everyday life and let yourself be enchanted by the special flair. The idyllic castle grounds are the perfect setting for the popular lifestyle fair, where you can find all kinds of beautiful handicrafts for yourself and your home.

Whether fashion, jewelry or decoration for the home and garden - lovers of beautiful things will definitely find what they are looking for here. The experience is rounded off by a rich culinary offering as well as a variety of attractions and walking acts.

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Longines Balve Optimum

The Longines Balve Optimum, set against the picturesque backdrop of Schloss Wocklum, is a first-class horse show that attracts horse lovers from all over the world. As part of the prestigious German Masters tournament series, the event presents a fascinating mix of dressage, show jumping and eventing. The renowned riders offer exciting competitions in which elegance and sporting excellence are in harmony.

The interplay of tradition and innovation, anchored in the history of Schloss Wocklum, makes the largest sporting and international horse show in the Sauerland region an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

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Did you already know...?

... that this Longines Balve Optimum even has its own song? It's called "This is us! (Balve Optimum)", by Pamela Falcon and Pat Anthony. Have a listen - a catchy tune is guaranteed!

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Address & Contact

Landsberg`sche Verwaltung
Schloss Wocklum
58802 Balve