Strehla Castle

Strehla, Germany

The hill fort on the site of current Strehla castle was built to protect a river crossing near a ford after 928 AD. It was burned down in 1002 in a conflict between the German King Heinrich II and the Polish Duke Bolesław I Chrobry. In 1384 the castle came as a fief to the Lords von Pflugk, who came from Bohemia, and remained in the possession of the Pflugk family until 1945. After the expropriation of the Pflugk family, Strehla Castle was used, among other things, as a children's home and after the reunification as an artist's residence and has been privately owned since 1994. 

The oldest part of the building dates from 1335, the knight's hall between the two mighty towers, which has been preserved as a ruin. The lower parts date from the 13th to 14th centuries, the late Gothic cell vaults in the upper floor rooms date from around 1530, the gable attachments and roof turrets were added towards the end of the 16th century. In the 15th to 16th centuries the castle was rebuilt as a palace and the north wing was rebuilt in 1890 after a fire. The gatehouse to the front courtyard was built around 1560 and adorned with dwarf houses and gables. The castle forms a closed square with architectural forms from the late Gothic periodand Renaissance , the Elbe-sided wing, built around 1530 for Otto Pflugk, has a late Gothic brick gable with tracery patterns, the stair towers in the castle courtyard have Renaissance gables. The cell-vaulted 'drinking room' in the south-west tower was given a rich painting in 1532, which is attributed to the circle around Lucas Cranach.

The castle is surrounded by an extensive English landscape park with partly old trees, which stretches down the mountainside to the Elbe.



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Founded: 1335
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Wolf H. (2 years ago)
The first building was probably built before the year 1000. Unfortunately, it can only be viewed from the outside. The renovation seems to be in full swing, hopefully there will be enough money, motivation and ideas for future use to complete the project.
Fred Boecker (2 years ago)
Part of the castle has already been renovated. It doesn't take any imagination here to imagine what it would look like when finished. For me a beautiful castle that should definitely be preserved.
Uwe Thilemann (3 years ago)
The renaissance castle is partly renovated and partly ruin! Germany's oldest robinia grows in the courtyard! The castle park towards the Elbe is interesting and worth a trip with the history of the Nixstein and the newly created orchards! There is also a mausoleum belonging to the von Pflugk family, unfortunately you couldn't get there!
Udo Siedler (3 years ago)
Very nice renaissance castle that you can unfortunately only look at from the outside. It is still being renovated and the interiors are not accessible. Nevertheless, it is worth a detour, as you can at least get into the courtyard. The park is largely overgrown.
M. Salehi (4 years ago)
A very nice castle, unfortunately you can't go inside, the park around is also very nice, with lots of fruit trees.
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