Welcome to Castle Zelem

Between Kranenburg and Kleve, on the edge of the small village of Mehr, tucked away in the wide landscape of the Lower Rhine, the old Knights castle Zelem. The moated castle Zelem looks back at 1000 years of history, which had its heyday in the late middle ages until the end of the 18th century. The castle served the Romans and was first documented in the 12th century in a script of the Echternach Abbey. Today it is one of the patriarchal fortifications in the German-Dutch border region.


Castle Zelem is a private property and thus from an economic point of view a private construction for nearly 100 years. In contrast to many other palaces and castles, the construction site and maintenance are not in the hands of the public. At the moment possible uses that secure the significant historical stock for the next generations are being researched.

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