Netzschkau Castle

Netzschkau, Germany

Netzschkau Castle was built by Caspar von Metzsch. The nave with round and square towers was built around 1490 in a construction phase lasting around three years. However, the Metzsch family did not build for themselves; their main residence remained the neighboring castle Mylau.

The outside completely restored, rectangular long building with a round tower and a rectangular tower in front is located near the market opposite the church. The facade of the building is characterized by the color contrast of lime white and strong red. The late Gothic style staggered gables and the arched curtain windows are also striking .

Several ornate sandstone door frames in the interior date from the time the castle was built. Some of the reconstructions of the castle that have been preserved date from later periods. Most of the interiors are originally furnished, including a 4.10 m high tiled stove from 1627 and a rare coat of arms . The oldest forms of German stamp stucco ( friezes and ornaments ) can be found on the ceilings of some of the interior rooms . Historical treasures such as a gilded wooden coffered ceiling and various possessions of the last countess are also important.

The castle was acquired by Count Heinrich von Schönburg-Hinterglauchau in 1858. In the second half of the 19th century, he laid out a 4-hectare castle park in the English style. Heinrich lived with his wife Marie Clementine (1789–1863) at times in Netzschkau and enjoyed the rural seclusion here.

After the death of Heinrich's daughter-in-law, Countess Frida von Schönburg-Hinterglauchau (1864–1943), the city of Netzschkau acquired the castle and park in 1944. Netzschkau Castle was in a desolate state and was falling into disrepair. In 1947 the ceiling of the concert hall collapsed. Most of the valuable stucco work was affected.

In 1990 subsidies were approved that made extensive structural and external renovation possible from 1991 to 1995. As a result, excavations took place in 1999, the results of which can be seen in the castle's permanent exhibition. In the late 1990s, the renovation of the castle began.

The Förderverein Schloss Netzschkau eV, founded in 1998, takes care of the use of the castle in accordance with the preservation of historical monuments . The so-called castle café with its vault, the magnificent concert hall and the rustic fencing floor are used for events. The association organizes special exhibitions as well as concerts, slide lectures, readings and dance workshops. The castle and the permanent exhibition in the castle can be visited on weekends and public holidays from April to October.



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Founded: 1490
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Steffi-Lotta Langstrumpf (2 years ago)
Very nice little castle. Prices moderate. Many interesting texts that describe life in the castle.
Sebastian Holter (2 years ago)
Not really worth a visit - exterior condition and surroundings are not very interesting either.
Marco Herzog (3 years ago)
Nice, small, late Gothic castle with a small park, which is used especially for the Christmas market there to show handicrafts. I experienced the Christmas market around the castle all baked and in "small town flair". Locals may like it, I didn't like the Christmas market at all.
Karsten Scharf (3 years ago)
A beautiful castle with a lot of things from years gone by. Definitely plan the excursion with a visit. The association does its best to preserve everything for posterity. Keep it up.
Modernity Mark (5 years ago)
Interesting visit, place is in throes of renovation,
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