History of Burg Kriebstein

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Burg Kriebstein
Burg Kriebstein

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Nestled in the center of Saxony, Burg Kriebstein (Kriebstein vacation rentals | Kriebstein travel guide) is located in a small village of the same name. It rests high on a bluff over a bow in the Zschopau (Zschopau vacation rentals | Zschopau travel guide) River. The early history of Burg Kriebstein is linked to the von Beerwalde family for which it was constructed as a residence and court. The first part of the castle, the residential tower, was completed in 1384 by Dietrich von Beerwalde. In 1407, a chapel extension and a Gothic hall were added to the castle.

Burg Kriebstein was purchased in 1465 by Hugold II von Schleinitz, the Obermarschall for Saxon Elector Ernst. Hugold hired Arnold of Westfalia, the renowned designer and builder of Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen (Meissen vacation rentals | Meissen travel guide), to expand and renovate his new acquisition. Despite later changes, the castle has retained, to the present day, the general appearance that Arnold gave to it. The history of Burg Kriebstein over the following centuries was shaped by a variety of changing owners, until it finally was acquired in the 19th century by the von Arnim family. Already by 1930, the owners opened part of the castle to the public. In 1945, the Soviet authorities seized all of the property owned by the von Arnims, including Burg Kriebstein, which now fell into state possession. The history of Burg Kriebstein as an aristocratic house now came to an end, and it was subsequently used as a residence and as a forest administration center until 1949, when the current museum was opened.

In its final form, Burg Kriebstein is a combination of a tower castle and a ringwork castle. Almost all of the interior rooms of the castle can be visited. Guided tours, children's tours, and special tours of the top of the tower and the attic areas are offered on a daily basis. Be sure to stop by the castle chapel when at Burg Kriebstein. It contains one of the best preserved late medieval pictorial cycles in all of Germany. Dating from the early 15th century, the paintings are mainly devoted to the Virgin Mary. The castle also operates a cafe and offers an array of special events throughout the year, including puppet theater performances, fairy tale weekends, and costumed medieval weekends. Spaces in Burg Kriebstein are available to rent for banquets, weddings, and conferences.

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Starting with her first trip to Germany at the age of 16, Rachel has traveled, worked, and studied in Germany extensively. Although her first encounter with German culture was in Lower Saxony, since that time the focus of her subsequent work as a freelance historian and translator has shifted eastward. Building on her graduate studies in Dresden, Rachel has worked for a variety of German foundations as a historian and translator, and is currently pursuing research pertaining to the Sorbs in Lusatia (eastern Saxony).

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