|Incorporation :||May 1, 1978|
|Postal code :||97488|
|Area code :||09724|
Location of Wetzhausen in Bavaria
Wetzhausen is about four kilometers east of Stadtlauringen at the foot of the Laubhügel , the second highest elevation of the Haßberge . From this summit point, Wetzhausen is about three kilometers south. The parish village has about 160 inhabitants. Neighboring villages are Birnfeld , Mailes , Nassach , Sulzdorf and Wettringen .
The village was probably founded around the year 700 AD.
Since the middle of the 14th century, Wetzhausen Castle has been the ancestral seat of the Truchseß von Wetzhausen family , who belonged to the Imperial Knighthood. The former castle was destroyed in the Peasants' War, rebuilt from 1569 and then rebuilt several times. As a Ganerbeburg , the castle was inhabited by two Truchsess lines and therefore has two knight halls. It is a four-wing complex, each about 30 meters long, with an almost square inner courtyard. From 1976, the roof, facade and statics of the listed castle were renewed with state subsidies, but the interior has not been renovated and is partially dilapidated due to the long vacancy. Among other things, it was used as a recording studio and used for university exercises for the Bamberg master’s degree in monument preservation and filming. The commitment to the preservation of monuments has received several awards, also outside of Bavaria. The castle was sold to the sculptor Daniel Eggli by the Truchseß family in 2018.
On May 1, 1978, the previously independent municipality was incorporated into the Stadtlauringen market.
The village has been mainly Evangelical-Lutheran since 1546, when the first Evangelical preacher was appointed there during the Reformation . Since 1968, Craheim Castle near Wetzhausen has been the seat of an ecumenical conference center and the community for Christian unity
Culture and sights
- Wetzhausen Castle from 1528
- Baroque church from 1708 with many epitaphs, built by Veit Heinrich Truchseß von Wetzhausen
- Half-timbered houses in the village center
- Craheim Castle built between 1908 and 1910 - outside the village in the direction of Birnfeld
Later, "Wetzhausen Castle fell into a morbid twilight sleep. An artists' commune used to live here, where Michael Ballhaus grew up".
Films in Wetzhausen
For a small village like Wetzhausen it is quite unusual to have already served as a backdrop for filming several times:
- In 1975 the film The Amulet of Death was shot largely in Wetzhausen.
- In the following years, an unfinished film was shot in Wetzhausen and Craheim Castle. Michael Ballhaus was also responsible for the camera . Details of the content of this film are unknown.
- In 2003, some scenes for the film Sams in Danger were shot in Wetzhausen and Craheim Castle.
Due to the partnership with a Protestant church in Tanzania, there is a Tanzania choir . Every now and then there is a concert of the Franconian Organ Days in the church .
- Conrad Westphal , (1891–1976) painter
- Oskar Ballhaus , (around 1900/1905 to 1972 in Munich) actor, theater director, founder and theater director of his Franconian theater
- Lena Hutter , (1911–2003 in Maßbach, Lower Franconia) actress, founder and theater director of the Franconian Theater Schloss Maßbach
- Michael Ballhaus (1935–2017), one of the most important cameramen in German and international film
- Chris Bezzel , (1937–2015) writer and linguist
- Anne Maar , (* 1965) children's book author, theater director and director of the Franconian Theater Schloss Maßbach
- Mainpost 9/8/2017
- Achim Hubel (ed.): New research on medieval building and art history in Franconia. Lectures of the lecture series of the Center for Medieval Studies of the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg in the summer semester 2010. University of Bamberg Press, 2011, ISBN 978-3-86309-060-9 .
- Nationwide initiative - building and living in existing buildings. (PDF; 56 kB) on: arge-online.org
- Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer GmbH, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 753 .
- Olaf Przybilla : Theater in the Rittersaal . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung of September 4, 2017, Munich edition, p. R 14