Seibersdorf Castle (Bavaria)

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Seibersdorf Castle today
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The Seibersdorf Palace is located in the town district of the municipality of Kirchdorf in Rottal-Inn of Bavaria (Hofmarkstrasse 2).


At first the lords of Seibersdorf , originally called Seifriedsdorf , were the landlords in the place. They owned sizable estates and manors around the village of Seibersdorf. They are documented here from the 12th to the 16th century. Around 1140 Diemarus and Rouperth de Sifridestorf appeared as seal witnesses. In 1488 a Heinrich Seibersdorfer is proven as the owner of the Seibersdorf seat . Heinrich Seibersdorfer was at that time Kastner zu Landshut , he is still occupied in 1507 as a seat in Seibersdorf . After a feudal lapel of Anton von Seibersdorf, keeper of Trostberg , to Duke Wilhelm IV. In 1539 the seat was given to his sisters. Fiefs for Katharina Seiersdorfer were her husband Cyriacus von Preysing, for Amalie her husband Joachim von Weichs, who also took over the fiefs for the third sister Anna. In 1544 Joachim von Weichs sent his wife's share in Seibersdorf to the dukes Wilhelm and Ludwig (i.e. he made this property available to the sovereign again) after he had sold it to his brother-in-law Veit Lung zu Planegg (Anna's husband) .

In the same year, Cyriacus von Preysing and his wife Katharina as well as Veit Lung zu Planegg and his wife Anna sold the seat to Kaspar Offenheimer, ducal councilor and rentmaster of Burghausen . Duke Wilhelm gave the Offenheimer for his contributions to the seat Seibersdorf and its Pertinenzen the Hofmarksfreiheit . Via Hanns Offenheimer, Caspar's son, the fiefdoms passed to his children (Kaspar, Eustachius, Hans, Georg, Sabina, Martha and Rosina) in 1580. Heinrich Flitzinger zu Haag and Penzing was the fiefdom holder . The inheritance was not divided among all siblings, but in 1590 it was only granted to Eustachius and Hans zu Guteneck and Seibersdorf. In 1599 the brother Georg received the fief because Johann (Hans) Offenheimer and Eustachius, who was in the foreign service, were prevented from doing so. In 1630 or 1631 Hans Kaspar von Offenheim received the entire Seibersdorf fief (partly from his father Johannes, partly from his cousins ​​Ferdinand and Hans Karl, sons of Eustachius). After his death, Seibersdorf passed on to his three underage children (Hans Adam, Hans Ignaz, Hans Sigmund). Johann Christoph Mändl von und zu Deutenkofen became the fief carrier . Hans Ignaz got the undivided property as a fief in 1664, since his brother Hans Adam was fleeting and not lendable as the murderer of Hans Sigmund. However, Hans Ignaz also fled because of an adultery and so Adam Caspar Freiherr von Freyberg and Johann Ludwig Schleich von Harbach were appointed as guardians for Seibersdorf . Until 1746 the barons of Offenheim can be proven as lords of Seibersdorf based on the feudal reverse.

However, from a lapel of Maximilian Franz Josef Freiherr von Berchem, treasurer, secret councilor, war commissioner and rentmaster von Burghausen, for Elector Maximilian Josef from 1762 it can be seen that the sovereign tended to transfer Seibersdorf to other hands. The elector promised Baron von Berchem and his male descent that they would be eligible for Seibersdorf, which was still in the hands of Ferdinand Marquard Joseph von Offenheim. A contingent investment was promised to the Baron von Berchem. In 1779 Seibersdorf came into the possession of Karl Graf von Berchem through Elector Karl Theodor .

Seibersdorf Castle
Seibersdorf Castle in after an engraving by Michael Wening from 1721

Seibersdorf Castle then and now

A high medieval predecessor of today's castle probably existed since the 12th century. In the first half of the 16th century, at the same time as the ownership of the castle was transferred from the Seibersdorfern to the Offenheimer, the newer and larger castle, which is almost completely preserved today, was added. In the oldest Bavarian maps, the country tables by Apian from the middle of the 16th century, there is a miniature view of Seibersdorf Castle. Both locks are shown next to each other there. The later engraving by Michael Wening from 1721 shows only a single three-storey building with a cantilevered tower covered with a pointed roof on one side. After a subsequent 100-year slumber, when the castle was empty and left to decay, it was converted into a residential building with smaller rooms in the second half of the 19th century. At the end of the 20th century, the castle was finally completely renovated and restored. In the process, the building and renovation work carried out on the castle in the 19th century was reversed and the original spatial structure and the external appearance of the castle were largely restored. On the south side, the original spiral staircase was also rebuilt for this purpose. Today's three-storey building essentially corresponds to the newer castle from the 16th century. But it also contains remains of the older medieval building stock.

The castle is privately owned and cannot be visited.

Coat of arms of Kirchdorf am Inn

The coat of arms of the municipality of Kirchdorf am Inn combines the family coats of arms of two noble families: the lion stands for the lords of Offenheim, the shield with the division of levels for the lords of Seibersdorf (Seiboldsdorf).


Ilse Louis: Parish churches. The nursing courts Reichenberg and Julbach and the rule Ering-Frauenstein. (= Historical Atlas of Bavaria, part of Old Bavaria, issue 31). Verlag Michael Laßleben, Munich 1973, ISBN 3-7696-9878-9 .

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Coordinates: 48 ° 13 '43.1 "  N , 12 ° 55' 15.8"  E