In 1274, a moated defense tower was built on the site of today's Oberau castle. The specialty of this residential tower is the internal stairs and the external living rooms. In 1550, Ernst von Miltitz had an impressive, elongated new building built in the Renaissance style with accentuated gable tops next to the residential tower. In 1594 the building was thoroughly redesigned to create a renaissance castle.

In the 17th century painted wooden ceilings were installed in the castle, but their boards were used in a different way from 1807. The painting was retained. In 1803 the construction of Oberau Castle was restored. Valuable stucco work was created during this construction work. In the period from 1807 to 1878, the manor received its form that is characteristic of today. At the beginning of this period in particular, the castle got its striking appearance. Traditions from the end of 1853 tell of a single bridge - probably a drawbridge - that led across the moat to the castle. In 1860 the northeast wing was built, the style of which was adapted to the existing parts of the building. This gave the castle an angular floor plan and aneo-Gothic stair tower.

After the end of the Second World War, displaced persons were quartered in the castle. The entire building was occupied from the basement to the roof. After some families moved away, some rooms were rebuilt. In the period that followed, ten displaced families still found accommodation in the castle. These conversions were later also used by a children's home. As there was not enough space for the children's home, plans were made to demolish the castle. The demolition is delayed, however, as the resettlement families still lived in the castle. In 1946 the manor building was redesigned so that it could be used for other purposes. The large palace gardens were also significantly affected by the renovations.

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Founded: 1274
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Marcela Thurzová (13 months ago)
The moated castle Oberau is one of the oldest still preserved castles of its kind in Germany. Yes, the condition corresponds to the age (in the year 1274 reports are already being made about the construction of the first defensive tower), a pity that the means are missing to bring it back to its splendor ...
Dirk Simon (13 months ago)
Just old walls. ... 1274 ... time leaves its mark. Still, the whole thing is impressive. Maybe someone can be found to save them.
Jennifer Schmieder (4 years ago)
I would not book this again as I was so very disappointed. It is not a castle, it's a house next to the old castle and it is so run down it's almost a joke. When we arrived the house wasn't properly clean and the disinterest of the owner showed in every dirty corner, every unstable chair, every broken lampshade and every wonky bed. And of those there were many. During our stay the shower broke, so did the kitchen sink. Fuses blew and there was no phone connection whatsoever. The first aid kit was empty. Old rags and other unidentifiable junk was flying around in drawers and corners. There is a difference between an old house and a neglected house. This one is the latter. But what it lacks in comfort it makes up in the number of mosquitos that fly through the torn and brittle old nets in front of the windows. The host is friendly and tries to be helpful but for example refused to give us enough toilet paper for our group. There was just no love, no care, no hospitality. Too bad, the surrounding areas are so very lovely. But again: I would not book this again.
Anika Kuehnl (4 years ago)
Interesting place but it needs restauration so all its beauty can be apreciated
Conny T. (4 years ago)
Very very beautiful castle! Unfortunately under construction right now.
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