Oberwiederstedt Castle

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Oberwiederstedt Castle (2009)

Oberwiederstedt Castle is a former manor in Oberwiederstedt in the town of Arnstein in the district of Mansfeld-Südharz , Saxony-Anhalt. It is the seat of the Novalis Research Center for Early Romanticism.


The Renaissance castle was from 1261 until the Reformation and the consequent secularization temporary quarters of the resettled Dominican , previously in Kupferberg in Hettstedt were located. In 1772 the estate, which the noble von Hardenberg family was able to win over to their possessions by marriage in the 17th century, became the birthplace of the poet Friedrich von Hardenberg, who called himself Novalis . At the beginning of the 19th century, the family leased the estate for several years and moved to other properties. In the castle was u. a. Hans von Hardenberg (1824–1887) was born, the district administrator of the Mansfeld mountain district and vice-president of the government. Until the expropriation and expulsion of the family in October 1945, the manor remained the family seat of the Barons von Hardenberg.

In the German Democratic Republic , the property was used as an old people's home until 1981, when it was abandoned and fell into disrepair. In the mid-1980s it was removed from the list of architectural monuments to be preserved. Before it could be finally torn down, however, a citizens' initiative was formed in 1988 to preserve the facility. This was followed by the establishment of the "Novalis Interest Group", today the Novalis Birth House e. V. The Novalis Museum was included in the 2001 Blue Book . The Blue Book contains a list of “cultural memorials”.

Research center for early romanticism

On May 2, 1992, the partially restored estate was handed over to the district for public use on the occasion of the 220th birthday of his most famous son. The International Novalis Society was founded. The research facility began as early as 1993 - established a. a. with state funds and through the district - with work. Today the castle is the seat of a research center for early romanticism , the Novalis Museum, the International Novalis Society. V. and the Novalis Foundation . Restoration and conservation measures are still necessary, especially at the former baptistery. In addition, an old Dominican monastery was partially reconstructed on the territory .


  • Information brochure of the International Novalis Society at Oberwiederstedt Castle, Research Center for Early Romanticism and Novalis Museum. Oberwiederstedt / Halle 2003.
  • Gerald Verily: Saving the Novalis Birthplace or Fighting the Authorities. With a foreword by Richard Schröder. Edited by Gabriele Rommel on behalf of the International Novalis Society 2003, ISBN 3-9805484-9-X .

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Commons : Schloss Oberwiederstedt  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 51 ° 39 '58.7 "  N , 11 ° 31' 50.4"  E