Rauenstein Castle guarded the crossing over the River Flöha along the road from Freiberg to Annaberg. The castle is first mentioned in 1323, although from archaeological investigations it is postulated that it had been built by around 1200. The first lords of Rauenstein were the Schellenbergers.

After several changes of ruler, the castle went into the possession of the Electorate of Saxony in 1567. The Amt of Rauenstein was given to Wolkenstein in 1596. Around 1630 large structural changes were made. The road tunnel also dates to this time.

From 1651 to 1743 the castle was rented to the von Römer family, who had become very wealthy as a result of silver mining in the Schneeberg area. Its owner, Christian August Hähnel, who had bought Rauenstein in 1816, his nephew, Wolfgang, Freiherr von Herder (owner from 1843 to 1853) and another family member, Wilhelm Freiherr von Herder, were members of the Saxon Landtag. The next owner, Gottfried Freiherr von Herder, was a German Conservative Reichstag MP from 1893 to 1898.

After its confiscation as part of the land reform in the Soviet Zone of Occupation in 1945, the castle was used as a children's convalescent home. It has been owned by a private family since 1998 and may now only be viewed from the outside.

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

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A H Cheema (3 months ago)
Out of this world
Alwin Albrecht (2 years ago)
The public inspection we have indeed called off because of the excessive crowds. But even from the outside, the old Renaissance castle is a feast for the eyes. My grandparents always kept me from doing nonsense by referring to the "Gramannl". When I stumbled over the Mr. Arras, the gray males and in-house Schlossgeist of Rauenstein while browsing the Saxon sagas, the enthusiasm for the castle grew again.
Susanne Wilmers (2 years ago)
Today we had a private tour of Dietmar, who cares with so much love for this castle. I was totally thrilled by the sometimes so nice furnished with attention to detail rooms, really indescribably beautiful! Thanks a lot for this!
Christian Hahn (2 years ago)
Very remarkable historic building just before the election decision, you can gain new knowledge at the time of the reunification and the actions of the former decision makers.
Uwe Lehmann (2 years ago)
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