Finally I was on the road again with my daddy to take pictures. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to do that in the last few days. First of all he didn’t have time and then three days ago there was the heavy storm Friederike, where we couldn’t go outdoors.
Today, however, it finally happened again. We made a little trip to the ruins of Lauterstein Castle. The castle was probably built at the end of the 12th century to protect the trade route to Bohemia. For the Ore Mountains this is quite old, as the intensive settlement was only later accompanied by ore mining. The name of the castle and the little village nearby probably goes back to the name of the builders ‚Lutirstein‘. So far, the ruins of the castle seem to be nothing special.
However, there is a rather unusual story to tell about the lords of the castle.
The castle was sold to the mayor of Freiberg, Caspar von Berbisdorf in 1434, after several previous changes of ownership. In 1497, there was a division of the estate between Bastian and Melchior of Berbisdorf. The entire manor and castle was divided into Oberlauterstein and Niederlauterstein, which translates to upper Lauterstein and lower Lauterstein. In the castle itself, a partition wall was built across the courtyard and the whole castle was split in two. There were even two castle gates from then on. That’s a pretty unique thing.
After visiting the castle we went for a walk in the woods. The strong storm on Thursday had broken down many trees but covered by yesterday’s snow, everything looks so peaceful. Just as if it had always been this way. That’s the special thing about winter and we like it.
Greetings from the winter forest.
Your very ferocious Grizzly