Plattenburg Castle

Plattenburg, Germany

The Plattenburg was first documented in 1319, making it the oldest surviving water castle in northern Germany. Due to its picturesque location in a region of forests and lakeland, the castle was the summer residence of the bishops of Havelberg in the Middle Ages.

In 1548 Plattenburg became the seventh Prignitz district. After the death of the last bishop of Havelberg, Busso II, the Elector of Brandenburg, Joachim II, who had recently converted to the Lutheran Church, had his son Frederick IV elected as Bishop of Havelberg in 1551.

In 1552, the preacher Joachim Ellefeld burned the Wilsnack's holy blood hosts and was incarcerated at the Plattenburg. Elector Joachim II pledged the castle to his chamberlain, Matthias of Saldern. In 1560 he was given the castle and estate (including Wilsnack) as a heritable and personal enfeoffment.

Around 1600 an expansion of the upper castle was carried out in the Late Renaissance style under Burchard von Saldern. In 1631, during the Thirty Years' War, the King of Sweden Gustavus Adolphus issued a writ of protection (Schutzbrief) for the lords of Plattenburg. Some time later taught Burchard von Saldern built a new castle chapel in the bakehouse and brewery. In 1675, Swedish troops laid siege to the castle.

In 1724 the construction of timber-framed wing was carried out. The architect was Johann Jakob Müller from Brunswick. In 1883 the brick tower burned down at temperatures of minus 15°C, but was rebuilt even higher by Siegfried von Saldern.

Between 1925 and 1945 Sieghard von Saldern took over lordship of Plattenburg. In 1940 French prisoners of war were billeted in the chapel wing, part of the castle serving as a military hospital.

After the estate was expropriated by the state from the von Salderns in 1945, refugee families lived in the castle until 1960. In 1969, the keep was converted into a holiday home for the East German Deutsche Reichsbahn, and it was used as such until 1991. That same year, an association was founded to promote and preserve the Plattenburg and restoration began which has continued to the present (2008). In 1995, a memorial stone was erected in front of the varlets' house by the Federation of Expellees to the victims of forced displacement after the Second World War.

Today the Plattenburg is home to museum rooms, the wedding room of the municipality of Plattenburg and has overnight accommodation for around 30 people. The Plattenburg is the last station on the Pilgrim Way from Berlin to Wilsnack to the Church of the Holy Sacrament in Bad Wilsnack.



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Founded: c. 1319
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Janine Herzlieb (13 months ago)
Nice place
Joerg Boettcher (14 months ago)
Great restoration with a lot of history and an almost unique ambience (e.g. knight's hall, castle cellar, outdoor facilities e.g. with festive events! Medieval spectacle ", ...). This deserves 5 points, actually 6! It is a shame that the municipality has given the tenant to the public with excellent management, among other things. for private events (including weddings) for many years and with high esteem, so offended that he threw in the towel, deeply disappointed, and left the region. Now this castle has been closed for a long time and is no longer available to the public. It's a shame about the large amount of funding that was spent sensibly but can no longer be used by the citizens. Uncertain future. Market economy awareness of reality could have prevented this. Especially in Corona times, due to the spaciousness of the room, exemplary Corona-compliant management could have been implemented with support from local businesses. Too bad, therefore only 1 point, actually -5, but technically not possible .. Incidentally, one can find market-economy awareness of reality in the fishing restaurant on the outside of the castle, which is highly recommended! (see own evaluation). Hopefully at least this one survives the local framework ...
Peter Schröter (14 months ago)
Insider tip: A great fish restaurant is hidden here !!!
Darzog (15 months ago)
Very nice to look at from the outside, unfortunately no possibility to look at them from the inside.
Alfred Kerber (2 years ago)
The castle is always worth seeing, the castle cellar is a good, original inn. For a snack also the fishing Plattenburg is highly recommended. From October to April the opening hours should be inquired before a visit.
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