Storkow Castle

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Storkow Castle
West side of the castle (2013)

West side of the castle (2013)

Creation time : Mid 12th century
Castle type : Niederungsburg, location
Conservation status: Preserved essential parts
Standing position : Nobles
Place: Storkow
Geographical location 52 ° 15 '10.1 "  N , 13 ° 55' 59.7"  E Coordinates: 52 ° 15 '10.1 "  N , 13 ° 55' 59.7"  E
Storkow Castle (Brandenburg)
Storkow Castle

The Castle Storkow is a castle in the small town Storkow in Oder-Spree district in Brandenburg .


East Side

The Niederungsburg is likely to have been built in the middle of the 12th century as part of the German settlement - presumably in place of a Slavic swamp castle. Margrave Konrad I comes into consideration as the builder . The castle was first mentioned in a document by Otto IV in 1209 . It is one of the oldest castle complexes in Brandenburg. After the end of Teltow-war the plant was built as border security against the Askanier and in 1250 until 1382 to the Lords of Strehla invested . They were followed by inheritance on March 18, 1384 by the von Bieberstein family who used the property as their administrative seat. On June 15, 1518 Ulrich von Bieberstein pledged the castle to the Bishop of Lebus , Dietrich von Bülow . The castle was expanded into an episcopal residence around 1520.

In 1538, Stefan Meiße, a friend and fellow campaigner of Hans Kohlhase , was tortured to death at Castle . In 1555 the last Catholic bishop of Lebus, Johann VIII von Horneburg, died at the castle . On February 15, 1556, the castle and rule of Storkow came to the Margrave Johann I of Brandenburg-Küstrin . After 1556 he campaigned for the construction of the renaissance castle and had a “royal apartment” set up in the premises, which the Electors could use as Brandenburg. After his death, the castle and the estate finally fell into the possession of the Electors of Brandenburg .

In 1627 the castle was badly devastated during the Thirty Years War . The reconstruction took place as a small renaissance castle. In 1655 Major General Margarethe von Lange was the owner of the castle. She had the property expanded to include a new office building and a gate entrance. In 1775 there was a fire in which the office building and the second floor of the castle burned down. From 1769 to 1820, the building served as the seat of the official administration under Amtsrat Bütow. Before 1840, experts determined that the castle tower had become dilapidated and had to be demolished. In 1870 the upper floor of the castle was dismantled. In 1899 the property came into the possession of the city.

In 1910, the architect Johann Emil Schaudt acquired the facility and had it rebuilt for 25,000 marks in the romantic historicizing style . Between 1934 and 1945 the complex was used as a youth castle by the Hitler Youth . From 1945 to 1978, after the city hall burned down at the end of the Second World War, the complex housed the municipal administration . Several police group posts, classrooms, a school kitchen, a sewing room, a bathtub and an employment office were set up in the rooms. The first renovation took place in 1965.

On December 16, 1978, the facility was destroyed by a major fire. Between 2000 and 2009, the buildings were gradually rebuilt with funds from the Brandenburg state government and EU funds. The rededication of the castle took place at Whitsun 2009 in the course of the 800th anniversary of the city of Storkow. In 2007 the Burg-Kultur Verein Storkow was founded and has held numerous events in the building since then.

Pageant on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the castle

Since May 2009, the visitor information center (BIZ) of the Dahme-Heideseen nature park , which is part of the network of all visitor centers in Brandenburg's large protected areas, has been located at the castle. In addition to the permanent exhibition man and nature - a journey through time about nature and the environment in the nature park, changing exhibitions are offered.

The listed castle Storkow belongs together with the castles in Beeskow and Friedland NL to the association of Strele castles , with which cultural activities in the Oder-Spree district are to be promoted.


  • Manual of Historic Places (Volume X) . ISBN 3-520-31101-1 .
  • Jo Lüdemann: Castle Guide Brandenburg . ISBN 3-89794-006-X .
  • City of Storkow (Mark) (Ed.): Burg Storkow (Mark) , September 2009, p. 8

Web links

Commons : Burg Storkow  - Collection of images, videos and audio files