1694 The prince bishop of Münster Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg buys a moated castle on the site and the property of the Morrien family.
13.06.1703 The prince bishop lays the foundation stone for the present baroque palace.
1708 - 1734 The moated castle is torn down and the present palace is built by the master builders Pictorius and Schlaun (Schlaun alone is responsible after 1723)
1715 - 1719 During a grave illness Ferdinand von Plettenberg vows to build a new church should he recover. The new church with its organ and tabernacle is built by Pictorius.
1727 The orangery, the pheasantry and the sexton’s house (today the Schlaun Café) are built.
1734 The gardens are finally finished.
1833 Maria von Plettenberg marries the Hungarian count Nikolaus-Maria Franz von Esterhazy-Galantha.
1834 The north baroque garden is turned into an English landscape garden by Maximilian Friedrich Weyhe.
1866 Count Nikolaus Esterhazy begins breeding thoroughbred horses.
1897 Count Nikolaus Esterhazy, the last member of this branch of the family, dies.
1903 Countess Paula von Esterhazy sells the complete Nordkirchen complex (palace, poorhouse and hospital) to Duke Engelbert of Arenberg.
1906 The north and west gardens are partly restored by the French landscape architect Achille Duchene.
1911 The Prince Heinrich car race. Prince Heinrich, the Emperor’s brother, visits Nordkirchen.
1913 Reconstruction. The agricultural buildings are torn down.
1914 - 1918 World War I
1922 The palace is used as a holiday home for postal workers.
1933 The palace becomes a school for the leaders of the NSDAP.
1941 - 1945 World War II, no real damage is done to the palace.
1949 The state of NRW rents the palace from the Duke of Arenberg and promises to do the necessary restoration work.
1958 The state buys the palace for 3.5 million Deutschmarks.
1975 The last Duke of Arenberg dies.