Zscheiplitz 2011 – 2018


Continually inhabited for more then 1000 years Kloster Zscheiplitz is Europe’s oldest manor house. The history of the castle grounds stretches back for more then six thousand years.

The manor’s history is the inspiration for Shakespeare’s “Story of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark”.

The manor’s founder – Friedrich II von Goseck is the ancestor of all current European Royal houses.



Oldest continually inhabited castle in Europe

Sitting on top of a neolithic settlement dating back five thousands years and located between two most significant archeological monuments — Goseck Observatorium and Nebra Sky Disk museum, Kloster Zscheiplitz is Europe’s oldest continually inhabited residence.


Weissenburg Ballade – ‘German Hamlet’

According to the recent research, it is highly likely that the story of the demise of Count Friedrich III and his son’s struggle with his step-father Ludwig of Thuringia was the prototype of prototype of Shakespeare’s “Story of Hamlet, prince of Denmark”. Thus, Weissenburg is the true ‘castle of Elsinore’, Friedrich IV is the true Hamlet, and the story of Hamlet, known in Germany as a Weissenburg Ballade, is the true ‘Story of Prince of Denmark’.



The birthplace of all current European royal families

All raining monarchs of Europe descend from Ludwig der Springer and Adelheid von Stade. Queen Elisabeth II of England is Ludwig’s 23rd generation granddaughter.


One of the oldest monastic gardens in Europe

The garden, dating back to early 12c. is one of the smallest historical gardens in Europe.



Birthplace of Adalbert von Bremen

Zscheiplitz manor is the place of birth of Bishop Adalbert of Bremen (1010 – 1072), one of the foremost diplomats and politicians of his time, tutor and mentor of Emperor Heinrich II.


One of the most interesting privately funded restoration project in Germany

Carried out by the Hahn family without any financial or material assistance from the state or the local community the restoration of the Kloster Zscheiplitz is a challenging project aimed at creating a viable and dynamic community of heritage enthusiasts from around the world.



The manor is located in wine area of Saale-Unstrut, in Burgenlandkreis, on the border with Thuringia, between Nebra (nebra Himmelscheibe) and Freyburg am Unstrut – the place of the largest annual wine festival in East Germany.

Regional capital Naumburg with the direct rail access to Leipzig, Halle, Erfurt and Berlin is 12 km away. Distance from Leipzig city centre is 60 km, 55 to Erfurt, 45 to Halle. Berlin is  220 km and can also be reached via A-9.

International airport Leipzig/ Halle, with direct flights to London, Munich, Frankfurt is at 45 km distance.

The valley of river Unstrut is the favourite place of weekend trips and cycling tours for the residents of Leipzig and Erfurt metropolitan regions. Another significant category of visitors are wine tourists from Berlin, Nuremberg and further afield.



6-5th thousand years ago: Neolithic/ Bronze age temple and settlement.

First time mentioned in 1040 AD as Weissenburg — residence of the ruling family of Counts of Saxony.

From 1085 until mid 15 hundreds a Benedictine Nonnenkloster.

Up until 1945 a manor – Rittergut/ Schloss Zscheiplitz.

After the WWII nationalised and used as a residence for refugees from Prussia, Pomerania and Silesia.

Since 2008 the Hahn family residence.


Our projects

Education:  Zscheiplitz Laboratory of Heritage & Sustainable Development (ZSD)



Research: Centre fro Contemplative Practices



Food & hospitality: Pfalzmarke



Charity: We actively support the Primary School in Freyburg, providing funds and support to the schools activities.


Open-sky chapel



Our aims

Guarantee the future of the house and the garden as a significant historical monument accessible to general public.

Create a viable heritage research & education centre.

Support local economy and small, family owned businesses in the region.






Main Entrance Hall


Refectorium, ground floor



Lounge, ground floor