The Siebeneichen Castle is located on the southern slope of the Elbe opposite the Spaar Mountains upstream of Meißner's old town in the Siebeneichen district.
The estate was first mentioned in 1220. A noble family named themselves after seven oaks in the 12th century. Between around 1553 and 1555, the electoral councilor and court marshal Ernst von Miltitz built a three-storey renaissance palace with two corner towers and two dormitories, which has largely been preserved. In 1591 his son Nickel von Miltitz had a walled renaissance garden with water features laid out.
In 1748, under Heinrich Gottlob von Miltitz, a three-wing building was added on the west side, which has a nine-axis façade and a high mansard roof . At the beginning of the 19th century, Sarah Anna Constable , Dietrich von Miltitz's wife , had a 35 hectare landscape park laid out based on English models, which is one of the oldest in Saxony today.
Later landlords were Alfred von Miltitz from 1880 and his son Ludwig Carl from 1912. In 1945 the castle was expropriated and the estate was divided among new farmers . The castle was initially used as a natural history museum from 1946. From 1958 to 1991 the college for club leaders 'Martin Andersen Nexö' was housed in the castle, then the folk high school for adult education in rural areas. From 1997 it has been the seat of the Saxon Academy for Teacher Training, which is now part of the State Office for School and Education.References:
The Château d'Olhain is probably the most famous castle of the Artois region. It is located in the middle of a lake which reflects its picturesque towers and curtain walls. It was also a major stronghold for the Artois in medieval times and testimony to the power of the Olhain family, first mentioned from the 12th century.
The existence of the castle was known early in the 13th century, but the present construction is largely the work of Jean de Nielles, who married Marie d’Olhain at the end of the 15th century.
The marriage of Alix Nielles to Jean de Berghes, Grand Veneur de France (master of hounds) to the King, meant the castle passed to this family, who kept it for more than 450 years. Once confiscated by Charles Quint, it suffered during the wars that ravaged the Artois. Besieged in 1641 by the French, it was partly demolished by the Spaniards in 1654, and finally blown-up and taken by the Dutch in 1710. Restored in 1830, it was abandoned after 1870, and sold by the last Prince of Berghes in 1900. There is also evidence that one of the castles occupants was related to Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan, the person Alexandre Dumas based his Three Musketeers charictor d'Artagnan on.
During the World War I and World War II, the castle was requisitioned first by French troops, then Canadian and British soldiers. The current owner has restored the castle to its former glory.