Hunting and residence castle
Client: Duke Ernst I. of Saxony-Altenburg
Architects: Ernst von Ihne (Berlin) and Friedrich Stegmüller (Berlin)
The towering roof of the New Palace, which is reminiscent of the gothic tower of the Prague Charles Bridge, rises above a large forest area of the Thuringian woodland.
Because of its abundant stock of wild animals, this old barn has been a favorite hunting ground for Saxon Electors and Dukes, and later the dukes of Saxony-Weimar, Saxony-Gotha-Altenburg and Saxony-Altenburg. In 1830, Hummelshain became a summer residence of the Altenburger Hof.
The Old Hunting Castle in Hummelshain, the Jagdschloss "Cheerful Reunion" in the neighboring Wolfersdorf, the Lustschlösschen "Herzogsstuhl" as well as the Baroque Jagdanlage Rieseneck - above all the Neue Schloss, which stands as an outstanding testimony of historicism ... and like the people call it "Neuschwanstein of Thuringia".
"At the New Castle in Hummelshain the distinctive, but not overpowered splendor, the spatial generosity, the richness of forms and details, the creative abundance that keeps the eye on the eye, and the excellent craftsmanship of the execution" the art historian Bertram Lucke the overall impression.
1872: The old hunting castle Hummelshain is provisively prepared with Prince Albrecht of Prussia after a fire for the engagement party of Princess Marie of Saxony-Altenburg.
1874: In an expert opinion, the garden artist Eduard Petzold proposes two locations for a new castle.
1878: The Altenburgische Staatsministerium commissioned the Berlin "Office of Architecture und Art" by Ernst Ihne & Paul Stegmüller with rebuilding plans for the "Alte Jagdschloss", which, however, will not be realized.
1879: Ihne & Stegmüller received the order to plan the New Castle.
1880-85: The construction works take five instead of the planned three years; Hofbaumeister Otto Brückwald (Leipzig) is responsible for the realization of all construction works as a general contractor.
1885: On the 20th of June, Duke Ernst I of Saxony-Altenburg and his consort Agnes took the castle, which serves as a summer residency and hunting domain. In the absence of the "supreme dominions", it is open for sightseeing and becomes a tourist attraction.
1891, 1894: Kaiser Wilhelm II participates in the court hunting in Hummelshain and lives in the New Castle.
1896: On the occasion of the 70th birthday of Duke Ernst I. the bronze sculpture "Hirschgruppe" by Adolf Lehnert (Leipzig) was placed at the castle.
1918-19: After the abdication of Ernst II the castle goes into the possession of the freestate Saxony-Altenburg. Previously, the furniture is unloaded.
1920: Carl Gustav Vogel, owner of a Pößnecker publishing company (now Vogel Business Media) acquires the castle for 1.350.000 Marks and uses it as a residence as well as for the reception of business customers.
1944: On the 14th of August the castle was confiscated and a hospital for the armaments company REIMAHG was set up.
1947: A children's and youth home was founded in the castle.
1952-1992: The castle and adjoining buildings are used as a youth center "honor of work", which was regarded as a showcase in the GDR. 1952-1992 lived and learned about 5,500 young people.
1992: The castle, owned by the Free State of Thuringia, is empty and is to be sold; Projects like that of a rehabilitation clinic and a civilian service school are in discussion.
1996: The Hessian Radio plays the feature film "A Castle for Rita". "The Forbidden Girl," the first German-language feature film to be released in Germany in 2012, and the documentary drama "Bismarck" in 2012, is the title of the film "Krupp - Eine deutsche Familie".
1997: After repeated water damage, an emergency repair of the roof takes place. Castle visits are made possible; the mirror hall serves as a stand.
1998: The Free State of Thuringia sells the castle and park to a Leipzig company. The complete reconstruction is not realized for financial reasons.
since 2010: Different medias and the supporting club, founded in 1998, criticize the growing decline of the castle.
2010-11: Repair of the roofing of the roof and of the staircase superstructures, installation of a new toilets; Renovation of the mirror room by the owner.
2012-13: Several questions are being asked in the Thüringer Landtag about the situation of the castle.
2014: Security measures and redevelopment of the memorial "Hirschgruppe" by the Förderverein.
2015: Extensive state-of-the-art investigation with the support of the Landesswicklungsgesellschaft (LEG) Thüringen mbH.
2016: The Free State of Thuringia grants to the Association for the preservation of historical monuments for sustainable security measures.
2017: The new castle is classified as a monument of national importance by the expert committee of the Federal Commissioners for Culture and Media (BKM).
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