Münster-Wolbeck wildlife park is one of the oldest forests in the Münsterland and Westphalia. Its beech trees and oaks are evidence of the continuous and long-established existence of woodland here, making the area a rare place of untouched nature. Cultural history provides evidence of the traditional association of the prince-bishops with the forest, which was used as a hunting ground in the Middle Ages. The world of flora and fauna can be explored at 16 information points along a 6.2 kilometre nature trail. Covering 288 hectares, the wildlife park was declared a nature reserve in 2003 and thus provides undisturbed freedom of movement for endangered species such as the kingfisher and black woodpecker. The Drostenhof – a protected structure – dominates the townscape of Wolbeck. The brick building was built in early-Renaissance style in 1557. Its lozenge-shape brick pattern creates a striking effect, making it an impressive statement as the seat of the noble Merveldt family.