The Miltach Castle is located in Miltach in the Bavarian Forest . Started around 1600 by Justinian von Peilnstein , the construction was completed in its current form in the middle of the 18th century. As Hofmarkschloss , it was the manor of the closed Hofmark Miltach. Today the castle is privately owned, but open to the general public through tours and cultural events.
In 1572 the illegitimate son of Duke Ernst of Bavaria, Justinian von Peilnstein , received the Hofmark Miltach as a man's fief through Duke Albrecht. Justinian probably had the core of the castle built around 1600, but his successor and over-indebted son Hans Georg had to hand over the feudal lordship over the village back to Hans Georg von Weichs in 1616.
In 1622 Hans Georg Reitturnier von Schöllnach auf Hohenwarth becomes the successor of Weichs, followed by Johann Wilhelm von Leiblfing, until 1679 Isak Heinrich von Schönbrunn gradually takes over the Hofmark. Miltach remained in the possession of the Schönbrunners until 1849. In their hands, the building was also expanded from nine to 13 window axes.
From 1849 until today, Miltach Castle was then privately owned, which has changed over and over again. The famous writer Maximilian Schmidt called Waldschmidt bought the castle around 1871 . In 1920 the art historian and collector Richard Oertel (1865–1943) acquired the castle, whose valuable collection, which was kept in Miltach Castle, was auctioned off by the heirs in Munich in 1979 for 5.5 million DM.
Sold by the Oertel community of heirs, the castle changed hands for the last time in 1979 and came to the Schleyerbach family from Katharied near Beratzhausen . The now very dilapidated building was renovated by the new owners for years and finally opened to the public in 1982. “In recognition of their loving and persistent care for art and culture at Miltach Castle”, the Schleyerbach-Breu family was awarded the association's culture prize in 2004 by the Bavarian Forest Cultural Association.
The Schleyerbach-Breu family who own it today maintain Miltach Castle. On the ground floor there is a pottery, a shop ("castle shop") and a living area. The entire first floor serves as a museum: the continuous central aisle leads past rooms with various themes, such as the hunting room with many old hunting trophies of Bavarian princes. A cycle of paintings by Ernst Straßner can also be seen here. At the northern end there is a chapel, which was consecrated again in 2009 , it is consecrated to Saint Nepomuk .
Also at the northern end is the cellar, which was renovated in 1998 and has served as a music cellar ever since for jazz lovers from the region. Among other things, there were already Pee Wee Ellis , Patrick Scales , Martin Scales , Claudio Roditi , Peter O'Mara and Guido May on.
Miltach Castle has a rectangular floor plan: there are 13 window axes lengthways on two floors. The roof structure is also two-story. There are six chimneys on the roof.
The basement and the ground floor in the original part of the building consist of vaults, the first floor contains high, bright rooms with stucco applications on the ceilings. The wall paintings and wallpapering have changed many times in the history of the castle: in a room on the first floor you can still see the different layers today. An earlier painting was discovered under the external plaster during the renovation, which gave a three-dimensional impression. Church painters renewed this painting in the course of the renovation.
The palace complex includes an adjacent farm building, which was converted into a brewery in 1872 and is now privately owned by another family.
- Bernhard Ernst: Castle construction in the southeastern Upper Palatinate from the early Middle Ages to the early modern period, Volume 2: Catalog . Publishing house Dr. Faustus, Büchenbach 2003, ISBN 3-933474-20-5 , pp. 189-191.
- Culture Prize of the Bavarian Forest Cultural Association: 2004 , Bavarian Forest Cultural Association.