Built in the middle of the 13th century, one can tour the dungeon, tower, and various rooms. Today the castle also serves as a conference, cultural and event centre. 350 m above sea level, the Neuenstein Castle rises on a steep limestone cliff above the district of Saasen in the municipality of Neuenstein. First mentioned in a document in 1267, the early edifice was built around the middle of the 13th century by Count Albert I of Wallenstein as Neuwallenstein. In 1318 the castle was besieged and destroyed.
The castle remained in ruins until 1357 and was rebuilt in 1357 by Simon von Wallenstein, and conquered by the Hessian Landgrave Otto d. Schützen in 1366. The ground plan of the main structure forms a regular quadrilateral, dominated by the 28 m high tower, the so-called Keep. The fiefdom and ownership of Neuenstein Castle changed often. With the death of the last Wallenstein, the Privy Councillor August Gottfried Freiherr von Wallenstein, the castle finally became the property of the Hessians in 1745.
From 1760 to 1870 the castle was the seat of the Domain Pensioner and from 1870 to 1945 the Prussian Forestry Office. From 1948 until its dissolution in 1996, due to the new Hessian Forest Structure Act, it was the official seat of the Hessian Forest Office in Neuenstein. In 2000 it was acquired by the municipality of Neuenstein, whose landmark it is, and from July 2002 to August 2003 it was converted into a conference and event centre.
Conference/seminar, events, weddings, celebrations