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The Lords of Bentheim Castle 

approx. 1020

Count Otto of Northeim (from 1061 on, Duke of Bavaria)

1116

Count Lothar of Süpplinburg
(Duke of Sachsen, 1125-1137 Emperor)

subsequently

Count Otto of Salm-Rhieneck

1146 - 1190

Fief of the Utrecht Archdiocese

1190 - 1370

The hereditary rulers of Bentheim 
as a branch line of the Counts of Holland

1370 - 1421

The hereditary rulers of Bentheim 
as a branch line of the Counts of Holland

1421 - 1753

The Counts of Bentheim (by right of inheritance)

1753 - 1804

The Electorate of Hanover (redemption from pawn)

1804 - today

The Counts, beginning in 1817, Princes of Bentheim 
and Steinfurt (by right of inheritance)

History of Bentheim Castle

The Rise of the Counts of Bentheim 

Looking west from Bentheim Castle