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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Uwe Lehmann (19 months ago)
Krystyn Jozwik (19 months ago)
W tej miejscowości mieszkał Dietmar Gruner i znam Rauenstein z pięknego opisu zamku i krajobrazu .Jest baśniowe.
Wolfgang Gorol (22 months ago)
Ich war Anfang der 60er Jahre hier zur Kur. Das Schloß war für uns Kinder mal was anderes, besonders in Erinnerung blieb mir das große Wandbild im Saal. In der schönen Umgebung haben wir jeden Tag kleine und grössere Wanderungen unternommen und wir haben viel in der Natur gelernt. Eigentlich war es eine schöne Zeit, nur die tätlichen Übergriffe eines 'Betreuers' waren unangenehm. Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, das die Gebäude nach 1989 in keinem guten Zustand waren. Die heutigen und damit auch die alten Besitzer dieses schönen Schlosses haben wohl einiges Geld investiert und ein ansehnliches Schloss wiedererstehen lassen. Leider ist es nicht zu besichtigen.
Edelgard Körner (2 years ago)
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