Burgsteinfurt in 1828

 

 

The small town of Burgsteinfurt in northern Westphalia was the hometown of Senior Teacher Heitmann and his breed of 'Little teacher's dog'. He taught at the local evangelical girls' school and was living on the outskirts of town. Heitmann was an avid hunter, much apprciated by his fellow hunters, exploiting the Munsterland moors for hares and fowl.

In previous times, Burgsteinfurt played an important role as a stronghold in the county of Steinfurt, which enjoyed independent status from 1454 to 1804.

 

Burgsteinfurt Castle, residence of the counts of Steinfurt, was built in 1129. The town then grew up around the castle with its deep and wide moats. Today the castle is inhabited by the counts of Bentheim.