Ahrensburg Castle

Ahrensburg, Germany

The Ahrensburg village came into the possession of the Cistercian Reinfeld Abbey in 1327. After the dissolution of the monasteries due to the Reformation, the whole area came into the possession of the king of Denmark. He rewarded his general Daniel Rantzau 1567 with lordship over these villages. His brother and heir Peter Rantzau built a Renaissance residence in the form of a water castle, now the symbol of the town, and the castle church around 1595. The new schloss buildings were made with parts of the torn-down mansion, on a rectangular island surrounded by a defensive moat. The following year, the chapel was completed. It was modelled on Schloss Glücksburg, built a few years earlier. Four octagonal towers were added later with copper-covered torn heads and lanterns.

The Rantzaus' estate was heavily indebted by the middle of the 18th century and, in 1759, was acquired by the businessman Heinrich Carl von Schimmelmann. Schimmelmann remodelled the castle and village in the baroque style and the current layout of the town reflects these plans.

Historians in Germany consider the building one of Schleswig-Holstein's best-known Renaissance buildings and attractions. Open to the public, it is surrounded by an English park, a chapel, a watermill and a museum.

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Founded: 1595
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Reformation & Wars of Religion (Germany)

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hansi hinteseer hande Zuma himmel (13 months ago)
Right after the War my family lived in the Schloss around 1948 or maybe 1950,we were originally from Pommern-DeepI have found memories from the Schloss,of course those were different times am the middle child and got very ill so while the rest of my family stayed there I was in a Hospital a long way from the schloss when I finally got home we has moved to Ahrensburg.After leaving there we made our home in Delingsdorf.we came to the U.S.A. IN 1952 I WAS JUST WONDERING IF THAT IS THE SAME TOWN that we lived in,from what I see on the internet it has really grown,I have never been back,but I miss it terribly if someone want to write me and tell me what life is like therenow,there now, would love it.I still speak and read and write in German. thank you. Gisela Schmidt Gaeke
Maksym Karazieiev (13 months ago)
Beautiful palace BUT impossible to pay with a non-german card. Prepare some cash. As we didn’t have it we were not able to enter :(
Lisa M Kaehler (18 months ago)
The area is spectacular and the building is majestic! Didn’t go inside though. We cycled from Ohlstedt and enjoyed every second of the trip. Worth the effort!
Mihaela S (2 years ago)
Beautiful place to go for a walk. Would be great for something more, to attract the people and children.
Nancy Karin (2 years ago)
I am not usually into castles but this one was really worthwhile seeing, especially from inside. The parquet floors and furniture as well as the interior decoration is something special. It's only €8 to go inside, well worth the money!!
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