The original Neuburg castle was built in the early Middle Ages by the Agilolfings noble family. This was acquired by the Wittelsbach dukes in 1247. When Count Palatine Otto Henry began his rule in Palatinate-Neuburg in 1522, he found a medieval fortified castle in his residence city of Neuburg, which, unlike similar than other royal residences was still not adjusted for the demands of a modern royal court. So from 1527 he ordered to re-design the castle into a Renaissance palace and to expand the artistic quality and condition to one of the most important palaces of the first half of the 16th Century in Germany. From 1537 an additional west wing was added which also includes the chapel. With his conversion to the Lutheran doctrine in 1541 the Palatine Chapel was decorated with excellent facilities, the antique-style Italian picture program painted in 1543 has been obtained. The chapel was decorated with famous frescoes by the Salzburg church painter Hans Bocksberger the Elder. The chapel is the oldest Protestant church in Bavaria. Because of the financial difficulties and bankruptcy of Otto Henry in 1544, the construction of the west wing took a long time.

Wolfgang, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, who succeeded his cousin Otto Henry in the Duchy of Palatinate-Neuburg, ordered in 1562 to decorate the west wing facing the courtyard with elaborate Sgraffito decorations. The Knights' Hall (the lower panel room in north building) was provided in 1575 by Hans Pihel with a coffered ceiling and wall panels from a rotating timber, both of which are original. The impressive east wing was rebuilt in 1665 by Philip William, Elector Palatine in the Baroque style and complemented with two round towers.

Today the castle houses a gallery of baroque paintings, the museum is under supervision of the Bavarian State Picture Collection.

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Founded: 1527
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Reformation & Wars of Religion (Germany)

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Aleksandra Jeż (3 months ago)
Neuburg is very beautiful place, amazing castle and view. Cute bar and restaurant near Donau, friendly people, very clean.
Алина Лебедева (4 months ago)
Spectacular locations with stunning architecture
Lindsey A. Thomson (5 months ago)
For Protestants this is a must see castle, as it contains within its walls the first (newly built) church established for Protestantism (1543)!! Built by the Count Palantine Otto Henry, the church is full of biblical frescoes and the inside courtyard of this renaissance castle is adorned with etchings of biblical scenes. It was a very important duchy at the time. This castle is overlooked by a lot of tourists, who may be attracted to the bigger, disney like castles. However, this renaissance castle is full of history, massive tapestries from the 1500s, and priceless artwork.
Rosanna Keet (6 months ago)
Beautiful place unfortunately they don't take Visa and the staff don't speak English so we didn't go inside as we where a little strapped for time.
alexander nexxuss (11 months ago)
Its nice here..the castle..the river..peaceful place to spend in the weekend....
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