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Schloßpavilon - Schloss Stolberg
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Historische Zeichnung - Schloss Stolberg
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Saal im Schloss Stolberg
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This mighty palace stands above the town on a hill that slopes steeply on three sides. The oldest structural element is the round tower, which probably dates back to around 1200. More recent parts of the complex were built in the Renaissance style between 1539 and 1547. The architect was Andreas Günther.
The large reception room and the Rote Saal (Red Hall) were created according to plans drawn up by the famous Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
The last extensive renovation works, which changed the external appearance of the palace, can be traced back to the late 17th century. At this time, the old fortifications were also turned into gardens.
Until the end of the Second World War, the palace was owned by the ruling Stolberg-Stolberg family. After the war, it was used as a holiday home and finally ownership was passed onto the Treuhand privatisation agency after reunification. Treuhand sold the palace to a private investor in 1993 who intended to convert it into a hotel. However, these plans never came to fruition.
To ensure that the complex would not fall into disrepair, it was taken over in 2002 by the German Foundation for Monument Conservation. Since then the Foundation – with the help of the government, the state of Saxony-Anhalt, the town of Stolberg and other donors – has endeavoured to make the palace safe and restore it bit-by-bit.
Since March 2006, parts of the complex have been reopened to the public, including the palace chapel. Part of the palace is used as a tourist centre ‘Haus des Gastes’ (House of Guests).
December to March Tuesday – Saturday and public holidays: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Mondays closed
April to October Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays; 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Mondays closed
November Friday – Sunday and public holidays: 11:00 – 4:00 pm