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The massive Renaissance palace was built for Pfalzgraf (Count Palatine) Ottheinrich (1502-1559) as the residence of the principality of Pfalz-Neuburg. In 1665-70 the baroque east wing was added with the two round towers that dominate the surroundings. Particular highlights are the courtyard facade decorated in sgraffito technique and the castle chapel--the first Protestant church to be built in Germany--with frescoes dating from 1543 by Hans Bocksberger. In addition to the Renaissance Knights' Hall and the baroque grottos, the palace has important works of art illustrating the history of this principality.
In the State Gallery of Flemish Art in the west wing are numerous works of masters such as Peter Paul Rubens, Anthonis van Dyck and Jan Brueghel.
Hours: April-September: 9 am-6 pm, October-March: 10 am-4 pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: Adults 5 €, Concessions 4 €.
Neuburg Castle (Bavaria)
The Neuburg Castle (German:Schloss Neuburg) is a palace in Neuburg an der Donau, Upper Bavaria.
The original castle was built in the early Middle Ages by the Agilolfings. This was acquired by the Wittelsbach dukes in 1247.The original castle was built in the early Middle Ages by the Agilolfings. This was acquired by the Wittelsbach dukes in 1247.
When Count Palatine Otto Henry began his rule in Palatinate-Neuburg in 1522, he found a medieval fortified castle in his residence city of Neuburg, which, unlike similar than other royal residences was still not adjusted for the demands of a modern royal court. So from 1527 he ordered to re-design the castle into a Renaissance palace and to expand the artistic quality and condition to one of the most important palaces of the first half of the 16th Century in Germany. From 1537 an additional west wing was added which also includes the chapel. With his conversion to the Lutheran doctrine in 1541 the Palatine Chapel was decorated with excellent facilities, the antique-style Italian picture program painted in 1543 has been obtained. The chapel was decorated with famous frescoes by the Salzburg church painter Hans Bocksberger the Elder. The chapel is the oldest Protestant church in Bavaria. Because of the financial difficulties and bankruptcy of Otto Henry in 1544, the construction of the west wing took a long time.
Wolfgang, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, who succeeded his cousin Otto Henry in the Duchy of Palatinate-Neuburg, ordered in 1562 to decorate the west wing facing the courtyard with elaborate Sgraffito decorations. The Knights' Hall (the lower panel room in north building) was provided in 1575 by Hans Pihel with a coffered ceiling and wall panels from a rotating timber, both of which are original. The impressive east wing was rebuilt in 1665 by Philip William, Elector Palatine in the Baroque style and complemented with two round towers.
Today the castle houses a gallery of baroque paintings, the museum is under supervision of the Bavarian State Picture Collection.
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Neuburg an der Donau Overview
Neuburg an der Donau, literally Neuburg on the Danube River, is a town which is the capital of the Neuburg-Schrobenhausen district in the state of Bavaria in Germany.
Things to See in Neuburg an der Donau
Neuburg an der Donau has a defensive wall around the old town
The old town contains some well worth seeing institutions and happenings, such as the 'Birdland Jazz Club Neuburg', one of the best locations for jazz auditions in Germany.
The renaissance Ducal Palace (Pfalz-Neuburger Residenzschloss), which was built 1530-45 under Otto Henry, Elector Palatine and took on its present-day form during the reign of Philip William, Elector Palatine, houses today several museums including a baroque gallery of the Bavarian State Picture Collection
To the other main sights belong also the late renaissance court church Hofkirche (1607/08 built by Josef Heintz), the Town Hall (1603/09), the rococo Provinzialbibliothek (Provincial Library, 1731/32) and the baroque churches of St. Peter (1641/46) and St. Ursula (1700/01).
Grünau is a renaissance hunting lodge of Elector Otto Henry which is situated 7 km further in the east.
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More about the History of Neuburg an der Donau
Neuburg was the capital of Palatinate-Neuburg. On 30 June 1972, Neuburg an der Donau became a Grosse Kreisstadt (similar to a county seat).
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Neuburg an der Donau is the capital of the Neuburg-Schrobenhausen district in the state of Bavaria in Germany.
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