Osterstein Castle

Zwickau, Germany

Osterstein Castle is the former castle of the town of Zwickau, today it houses the nursing home.

First mentioned in 1292, it was badly damaged in a fire in 1403, and demolished between 1404 and 1407 under William I, Margrave of Meissen. It was rebuilt during the reign of Christian I, Elector of Saxony in 1587-1590 as a magnificent Renaissance castle.

In the 18th century Zwickau Prison was established in the castle, which with interruptions, was used until after the Second World War. There were numerous prominent prisoners, including Karl May, August Bebel, Rosa Luxemburg and Martin Hoop.

During the Second World War, it was used as a concentration camp. On 31 December 1962, after 187 years, the use of the castle as a prison ended, although a public bathhouse continued to operate in an intermediate wing of modern construction, on the Dr.-Friedrich-Ring. The former arsenal and the cell block were used to house the archives of the local coal mining industry, and for storage by various local businesses. Parts of the premises were demolished.



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Founded: 1587-1590
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Reformation & Wars of Religion (Germany)

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P (19 months ago)
Everything is just right here, from an extensive, serious admission interview to maintenance and the building itself. The staff is very friendly, empathetic and competent. The building, the Osterstein Castle, is in an absolutely clean and modern condition, one has the impression that one is in a hotel. There are regular events and other useful activities for the residents. I can recommend this house with a clear conscience!
Patrick Star (2 years ago)
Not recommendable at all. Neither as a job nor as a nursing home for the elderly ...
Alwin Albrecht (2 years ago)
I found the castle very nice. The Renaissance building is now a retirement home. Not bad either.
John Krol (3 years ago)
Uncle murdered there in the War, let's not forget how many others were murdered there too.
C K (5 years ago)
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