Wiesenburg Castle

Wildenfels, Germany

The Wiesenburg Castle is located in the Wiesenburg district of Wildenfels, on a hill overlooking the eastern shore of the Mulde river. The castle protects the bridge across the Mulde to Schönau and Wildenfels.

Today's castle arose out of a medieval castle, the construction of which probably began around the year 1200. The castle was first mentioned in a document dated 1251. The building was expanded in the 14th Century.

The only remains of the original castle are a part of the round keep, remnants of the castle wall, and a moat. Today's courtyard, with its timber construction and the octagonal gate tower, were developed when the castle was reconstructed in 1664 after the Thirty Years' War.

The first owners were the Vogts of Weida, who monitored the settling of the Kirchberg, Saxony basin and the Mulde area south-east of Zwickau. The inhabitants of more than twenty villages in the area had to pay socage to the castle, for example, all villages in the Rödel valley. Later, the castle ownership changed many times.

In 1412-1591 the castle was owned by the von der Planitz family1523 and during the German Peasants' War, the castle was sacked by the serfs.

1591 the city of Zwickau purchased the castle and the dominion. In 1618 the Elector of Saxony obtained them1663 castle and lordship of Wiesenburg was sold to Philip Louis of Holstein-Sonderburg. In 1724 the lordship was acquired by Augustus II the Strong. After 1990 the castle has been privately owned. It is not publicly accessible.



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

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Katha M. (12 months ago)
A very beautiful palace complex. Very neat and clean. You can walk around it nicely and admire the architecture. There is plenty of parking space. I would recommend a visit.
Gabriela Müller (13 months ago)
We expected more from the content of the castle. There wasn't much to look at but the wallpaper room. Lunch at the Italian restaurant in town was much better. In our opinion, it is unfavorable here that the castle is being misused by the city. Sights and rarities belong in a castle to look at. It's a shame
L. R. (14 months ago)
Great view of the Elbe! A cozy market with an entertaining saxophone background!
Daniela M. (17 months ago)
A beautiful castle from the 16th century. With adjoining castle garden and park. Very nicely restored. The house of generations is also located here. Events take place regularly in the castle and if you want, you can get married here.
Dzmitry (2 years ago)
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