Trebsen Castle was probably built by Slavic Gaugraf Bucelinin 991 AD to protect the former Muldefurt, an important trade route. The castle was first mentioned in a document dated in May 1, 1161.
In 1494 the knight Georg von Saalhausen demolished the old castle and started building a new more representative castle without a defensive function. Around 1511, the electoral chamberlain Hans von Minckwitz became lord of the castle on Trebsen. Hi and his son completed the first major construction phase as a four-wing complex with stepped gables and diamond vaults.
In 1736, the bourgeois merchant Vincent Bauman from Hamburg became the owner of the castle. In 1738 he had the mighty round tower almost 18 meters in diameter in the castle courtyard demolished for the most part. With its building material and with the inclusion of older ground floor buildings, the south wing was rebuilt, as indicated by the keystone above the gate entrance. Baumann also had the palace gardens laid out in the English style, with the baroque garden pavilion being created.
Today the castle hosts weddings and historic restaurant.References:
The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village. Settlement here began sometime between 500 and 200 BC. At the centre of the settlement is a stone tower or broch, which once probably reached a height of around 10 metres. Its interior is divided into sections by upright slabs. The tower features two skins of drystone walls, with stone-floored galleries in between. These are accessed by steps. Stone ledges suggest that there was once an upper storey with a timber floor. The roof would have been thatched, surrounded by a wall walk linked by stairs to the ground floor. The broch features two hearths and a subterranean stone cistern with steps leading down into it. It is thought to have some religious significance, relating to an Iron Age cult of the underground.
The remains of the central tower are up to 3.6 metres high, and the stone walls are up to 4.1 metres thick.