Weissenstein Palace

Pommersfelden, Germany

Schloss Weißenstein is palatial residence in Pommersfelden, considered a masterwork of Baroque art. In 1710, Lothar Franz von Schönborn, Prince-Bishop of Bamberg and Archbishop of Mainz, inherited the estate after the local family, the Truchsesse of Pommersfelden had died out. He ordered the construction of a palace as a private summer residence, paid for from his personal wealth. A team or architects including Johann Dientzenhofer, who had previously built the Fulda Cathedral, and Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, the court architect of the Austrian Emperor Karl VI. The Marstall and park were designed by Schönborn's own court architect, Maximilian von Welsch.

The castle was built between 1711 and 1719 from local sandstone materials. The interior art was finished in 1723. After the death of Lothar Franz in 1729, the palace passed to his nephew Friedrich Karl von Schönborn who had the park expanded. A plan by Balthasar Neumann was however, only partially realized. In the early 19th century, the park was transformed from its original Baroque form into an English landscape garden.

During the Seven Years' War the palace was attacked and damaged by Prussian troops. Minor restoration work was done in the late 19th century. More recently, preservation work has been done in 1975 to 2003.

Today Weißenstein remains the property of the Schönborn family. It is considered a Baroque masterwork and the combination of exterior and well-preserved interiors gives it European importance. The palace and its park are open to the public.

The palace contains the largest private Baroque art collection in Germany, containing over 600 pictures. Baroque and Renaissance artists represented include Peter Paul Rubens, Albrecht Dürer, Titian, Rembrandt and Anthony van Dyck.

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Founded: 1711-1719
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Thirty Years War & Rise of Prussia (Germany)

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Marie Lui (15 months ago)
In the middle of nowhere lies the beautiful and magical castle of Lothar Franz von Schönbron. The building houses stunning art work and impressive architecture and the castle grounds give a pompous impression. It comes to no suprise that Hollywood has knocked on the doors of the castle before. The château park seems unkempt and ragged at first glance until you come across a sign explaining that the grounds have been utilized by fallow deer. Some of them showed up on our visit and enchanted us fairly quickly. The only critique of Schloss Weißenstein would be the prices as you pay 7 Euro as a student to enter the building and another Euro to gain access to the park. Now, this may not seem like much, yet, the accessible area won't take more than an hour to explore in depth and since the park is left to nature, I personally am not aware what the money is being used for. To summarize, a visit to the castle is worth your while for one visit – more than that does not seem necessary unless you take a liking to the café on-site or want to celebrate a special event on the castle grounds.
Radoslav Tsvetkov (Rado) (16 months ago)
Very beautiful baroque castle. Large private collection of paintings. Unfortunately not all rooms are open for admission. The personnel is very friendly and helpful providing information about the paintings and the history. The baroque art collection has a couple of Rembrandt and other great masters.
Kourosh Zahedian (17 months ago)
A must see if you are visiting Bavaria. One would be impressed by how helpful and knowledgeable are personnel and guides. They can tell you about all details of paintings, architecture and history of the palace. The building and paintings are amazingly well maintained.
Dave Pearson (18 months ago)
Lovely old stately home, we did not go inside even though that is possible. at the time of visiting the cafe and toilettes were open to the public and one could walk in the grounds of the park, this is not a park with ornate garden features but a large park with a lake and grasses were deer can roam. There is ample free parking and covid restrictions were applied at the time of our visit.
Jose Mendoza (2 years ago)
Great wedding location.
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