Wernberg Castle

Wernberg-Köblitz, Germany

The first mention of Wernberg Castle dates to 1280 when Konrad of Paulsdorfer bought the building. By the following year, Burg Wernberg was the family seat of the noble Notthafft family under the Landgrave of Leuchtenberg. By 1647 Wernberg came into the possession of the Electorate of Bavaria. During the Austrian War of Succession, the castle was used as a military camp.

In the 19th century, the castle was used for not-so-glamorous purposes. In 1804, it served as a prison, in 1861 as a rescue institution for fallen women and neglected girls. By 1873, serious consideration was given into just demolishing the building, but that idea never went anywhere.

The town of Wernberg acquired the castle in 1992 and rented it to the Conrad family for a term of 99 years. By 1998, the castle opened its doors as a hotel, becoming one of the top 100 best hotels in Germany in the same year.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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