Purschenstein Castle in Neuhausen/Erzgebirge was built in the late 12th century, around 1200, probably by Boresch I (Borso). The toll and escort castle protected a salt road running from Central Germany to Bohemia. This long-distance trading route, also called the Old Bohemian Track (Alter Böhmischer Steig), ran from Leipzig past present-day Neuhausen and over the Deutscheinsiedler Saddle towards Prague.

After numerous changes of ownership, Schloss Purschenstein was owned by the von Schönberg family for more than 500 years - whose princes and counts found their last resting place in the family crypt in the castle park.

In GDR times, the castle was used as a children's home and cultural center. After the castle burned down to a large extent on April 3rd 1989, it was partially renovated between 1990 and 2001.

In 2005, the castle was bought by a Dutch businessman. Since then it has been renovated and houses a hotel, the Schlosshotel Purschenstein.

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Founded: c. 1200
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Paul de haay (2 years ago)
Nice castle friendly staff fun to walk trough the park and visit the neighbourhood imagine in summer will be quite bizzy.
Neo Matrizen (3 years ago)
One of the best places I have stayed with my family so far! Very friendly hosts and everything you need for a small vacation to break the deadly boring routine.
Christoph Jach (3 years ago)
The staff was very nice, the room was clean and cozy, The food was delicous. The perfect place to spend some days especially during christmas time. Thanks a lot!
David Mulder (3 years ago)
Our experience was absolutely perfect despite going for the cheapest option. The room was perfectly good, the location was gorgeous and the food was amazing. Partner has a gluten allergy and they happily made some adjustments to the food to account for that, so all considered I would totally recommend the place. The garden was not particularly well cared for, but to be honest I loved the natural feel rather than the perfectly manicured feel of most tourist castle gardens. Only negative I feel the need to point out is that a part of the court yard was fenced off with ugly construction work fences and here and there you could find signs that certain things would benefit from a bit more money and care, but they clearly prioritized all the important things and from my point of view this wasn't an issue at all.
R. Wonink (3 years ago)
Beautiful castle surrounded by the woods of the Ertzgebirge. The villages nearby are interesting! The restaurant presents food of high standard, the rooms are luxurious, and the wellness is impressive. 5 star rate is absolute what they deserve!
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