Scharfenstein Castle

Scharfenstein, Germany

The original structure of Scharfenstein castle was built in 1250. It is suspected that the von Waldenburgs ordered its construction, but only its first owner occupant is known for certain. When, in the 15th century, Greifenstein Castle was destroyed, Scharfenstein also took over the guardianship of Thum, Ehrenfriedersdorf and Geyer. As a result, its value increased, so that in 1439 the Elector acquired the area from the Waldenburgs who were heavily indebted to him. On 26 January 1492 Henry of Einsiedel bought Scharfenstein Castle and its associated villages of Grießbach, Großolbersdorf, Grünau, Hohndorf Hopfgarten and Scharfenstein It remained in the family until 1931.

Following a fire during the night of 1st-2nd June 1921 the entire residential wing and part of the domestic wing was destroyed. From 1921 to 1923 the damaged wings were partially rebuilt to plans by Bodo Ebhardt, based on the old design.

In 1931, a factory owner, Captain Eulitz from Fährbrücke, acquires possession. By his efforts in 1932 in a bird observatory was established. Hundreds of nest boxes were put up throughout the 325 hectares of woodland on the estate; bird-ringing was carried out and scientific reports published, with the support of the Chemnitz Ornithological Society.

In 1945 this forest was seized and made public property, the castle was initially used as the mining school for the state-owned Wismut mining company and, in 1951, a special children's home was established here for maladjusted boys. In 1967, it was converted into a detention centre for juvenile delinquents. Ornithological work was undertaken by the museum at Augustusburg Castle.

In 1993 the castle was taken over by the Saxon Palace Department of the Free State of Saxony. In the period that followed the castle was renovated as a historic monument and converted into a museum. In 1995, on the completion of the renovation work, various exhibitions were opened - and for the first time since 1945, the castle was again open to the public. The bergfried is still used today as an observation tower.



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Founded: 1250
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Angela Goerner (15 months ago)
Ein interessanter Ausflugstipp rund um Wolkenstein im Erzgebirge. Die Museumspädagogen geben sich viel Mühe die Ausstellungen nicht nur für die Großen sondern auch für die kleinen Besucher interessant zu machen. Wer sich für der Leben im Mittelalter und für die erzgebirgische Volkskunst interessiert muss mal hin.
everon (15 months ago)
Super für Kinder.. Für Erwachsene vielleicht nicht so der Hit. Das "mitmach Museum" ist für Kinder super, das Beste was ich bisher zu sehen bekommen habe. Hier kann man locker 2h bleiben und die Kinder spielen lassen.. Die Kinder können in ein Kloster, Bäcker, Bauernhof, Patrizierhaus, Prinzessinnen Zimmer, Ritterburg, Kerker, hier wurde an vieles gedacht! Allerdings sollten es mind 2 Kinder sein die sich mit dem Thema Mittelalter beschäftigen wollen.
Alter Schwede (16 months ago)
Eine tolle Burg. Die Außenanlage mit praktischem Rundweg ist sehr einladend. Die Ausstellung ist interessant und mit allerlei Attraktionen auch für Kinder geeignet. Zusätzlich werden hier des Öfteren Sonderausstellungen gezeigt, diese bieten einen deutlichen Mehrwert. So war es möglich ein paar mittelalterliche Utensilien in der Bastelstube anzufertigen, ein altes Dorf zu erkunden und die erzgebirgische Schnitzkunst zu bestaunen. Einziger Wermutstropfen war die geschlossene Gaststube. Zusammenfassend hatten wir jedoch einen rundum gelungenen Tag.
Florin Toma (2 years ago)
Nice location!
ronny reichel (2 years ago)
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