Schloss Myllendonk is a moated castle located near Korschenbroich (district Herrenshoff) just east of the Niers near the city border with Mönchengladbach.
The men of Myllendonk, who have been verifiable since 1166, had a significant position among the lower Rhine nobility, which manifested itself in extensive possessions. The most famous son of the family is the abbot and later Cistercian monk Caesarius of Milendonk. His sister Irmintrudis von Mylendonk was abbess of the Benediktinnerinenklosters Dietkirchen near Bonn, where the archbishop of Cologne Philip I of Heinsberg had transferred them.
When the family died out at the end of the 13th century, Myllendonk reached the Lords of Salm-Reifferscheid and by 1346 by marriage to those of Mirlaer. The latter was later named after their new headquarters of Myllendonk.
From 1621 the castle was in several changing’s and ducal possession, most recently in that of the Counts of Ostein. 1700, the self-employed rule of Myllendonk was regained by the end of the 13th century.
1794 the region was occupied by French Revolutionary forces (First Coalition war). In the year 1803, Franz Gottfried von Maercken bought the plant, which 1832 passed through his niece to the family of the barons of Wüllenweber, who since then inhabited and cultivated the castle.
Directly on the eastern shore of the straightened Niers river lies the sprawling plant, surrounded by moats and divided several times. It is accessed from the east of the road. Three bridges lead from the outer castle to the inner Precastle Island, the 1263/64 was applied to the Archbishop Engelbert I of Cologne to the fief, and finally to the castle. Between this and the western outer Ditch lies a fourth island, which served as a utility garden.
Myllendonk, built on piles in the Niersaue, impresses with its tall brick buildings overlooking the landscape of the tree. The nested silhouette of the castle corresponds to the picturesque and romantic picture of a defiant water castle.
A 1559 dated coat of arms, which was transferred 1856 to the renewed Hoffront of the steeple, indicates the construction and extension of the building. It may have been from the newly built East Wing, which also overstretched the driveway.
When 1591 parts of the Gothic palace collapsed, its Hoffront was completely renewed and equipped with a decorative Renaissance loggia. From the last decade of the 16th century, all the roofs and lanterns were crowned with tower hoods. According to the dating of a wall anchor, 1630 the six-storey northeast tower and the façade of the side wing were transformed into a baroque storefront.
The newly created splendour, rounded off by a baroque terrace garden with a small pavilion, did not last long. In the year 1642, the castle was damaged in warlike disputes, and in the years 1655 and 1671 of Spanish-Geldrischen troops were occupied, which should prevent the desired detachment from the feudal union. In this context, the arcade was walled and in the middle of the 18th century the southern part of the wing, including the Tordurchfahrt, was demolished.