In addition to supporting many cultural events, the MERKUR GROUP’s entrepreneurial commitment also benefits the preservation of local monuments and the economic infrastructure. An important contribution to the preservation of the region’s cultural heritage was made by the entrepreneurial family in 2010 with the acquisition of the 500-year old Benkhausen Castle. It is one of the few remaining historical buildings representing Westphalian cultural history. In less than five years, the castle was transformed into a state-of-the-art conference hotel. In addition to seminars, workshops, business meetings and conferences for Group and external companies, Benkhausen Castle is also a venue for a wide variety of artistic and cultural events as well as civil marriage ceremonies. Since May 2015, the castle-café ‘Die Rentei’ and the German Coin-Op Museum have also proved to be popular weekend destinations for people from the surrounding district. Benkhausen Castle also has its own jetty where pleasure cruisers from Minden often dock.