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    Eutin Castle

    Eutin Castle is the cultural center and nucleus of the town and, together with Gottorf and Glücksburg Castles, belongs to the most important courtly secular buildings in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The four-winged palace originated from a medieval castle and was expanded over several centuries into a Residence. The castle originally belonged to the Lübeck prince-bishops; later it became the summer residence of the Dukes of Oldenburg. The castle was regularly occupied until the 20th century and most of the interior has survived to the present-day. The rooms of the former ducal residential castle that are now used as a museum are provided with original furnishings: furniture, paintings and craftwork from the times of the late Baroque, Regence and Classicism. Impressive items are, for instance, large model ships. These were once presents from the Russian Czars who were related to the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf. The once splendid garden, which resembled that of Versailles, was altered to an English garden at the end of the 18th century; this is the venue for the Eutin festivals.

    Hours: June - August guided tours daily at 11 am, 12, 1, 2, 3, and 4pm. March -early June and late August - October guided tours daily at 12 , 2, and 3pm.

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Eutin Overview

Eutin is the district capital of Eastern Holstein (German: Ostholstein) located in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein. As of 2005, it had some 17,000 inhabitants.

The originally Slavonic settlement (Utin) was populated in the 12th century by Dutch settlers. In 1156 Eutin became a market town. City rights were granted in the year 1257. It would later become the seat of the Bishopric of Lübeck (Lübeck vacation rentals | Lübeck travel guide), as Lübeck itself was an imperial free city. When the bishopric was secularized in 1803, Eutin became part of the Duchy of Oldenburg (Oldenburg vacation rentals | Oldenburg travel guide). As a result of the Greater Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) Act of 1937, Eutin passed from the Free State of Oldenburg to the Prussian Province of Schleswig-Holstein. After World War II, it became part of the modern Bundesland of Schleswig-Holstein.

Eutin is the birthplace of composer Carl Maria von Weber. To honor him, an open air theater (Freilichtbühne) was built in a park in 1951 where several operas and orchestral works are performed during the summer months (changing each season), at least one of them written by Carl Maria von Weber. The capacity of this open-air stage is about 2000 people.

Eutin is surrounded by a number of lakes of the Holsteinische Schweiz including Großer Eutiner See, Kleiner Eutiner See, Kellersee and Ukleisee.

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Things to See in Eutin

Eutin has an old town, around the historic market square is grouped both early and half-timbered houses and neoclassical buildings

Dodauer forest stands in the 500-year-old bridegroom oak with its own postal address

Eutiner Schloss

Ostholstein Museum

Johann Heinrich Voß and Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Schule Carl Maria von Weber Schools

Neogothic Wasserturmstraße of 1909

In honor of Carl Maria von Weber's found since 1951 in Schlossgarten an outdoor stage at the prestigious "Festival Eutin" (originally "Eutin Summer Games")

More about the History of Eutin

The name Eutin (originally Utin) is of Slavic origin. Its significance is unknown, but probably derived from the name "Uto". The Slavic Obotriten populated the area since 7 / 8 Century AD, the eastern Holstein and erected a castle on the island pheasant in the Great Lake Eutin.

The world famous romantic composer Carl Maria von Weber was born in 1786. The Goethe-painter Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein lived and worked since 1808 to his death in 1829 in the city

In Germany's northernmost province, Schleswig-Holstein, you will find a town of Eutin, situated not far from the Baltic coast. Today Eutin is home to about 17,000 residents, and its roots extend far into the past. The community began as a Slavic settlement in the 7th and 8th centuries, before passing into Dutch and then German hands. Eutin was the birthplace of the prominent German composer Carl Maria von Weber, and in honor of its famed son, the town has capitalized on its musical history. A large open-air theater, with 2,000 seats, is located in the park of the Eutin Castle. In July and August of every year, the Eutin Festival features several opera performances, which attract visitors from all over. The operas are performed by music students in Eutin and students from the University of Kansas. (Lawrence, Kansas, is both the home of the University of Kansas and the sister city of Eutin.) Eutin also holds a Blues Festival in early summer with musicians coming from around the world. For those whose tastes lean more toward the outdoors than the arts, Eutin is ideally located in a landscape full of lakes and forests. Popular activities in the surrounding area include fishing, swimming, boating, and canoeing. An ideal day trip for the nature fan is a cycling tour through this lake district. However, if you are more inclined to urban pleasures, Kiel can be quickly reached by train (distance of only 29 miles).

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