- Am Schloss 4 · Leitzkau
- 39279 Gommern
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The charming Leitzkau Castle can be found near Gommern, in Fläming’s “castle country”. It was first established in the 12th century as an abbey of the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré. The impressive Romanesque basilica from that time has been preserved. After the Reformation, the abbey was rebuilt in the 16th century as a castle in the style of the Weser Renaissance. Leitzkau is today regarded as the most important castle building of that epoch in the central Elbe area. In 1564, Hilmar von Münchhausen, a Lower Saxon nobleman, acquired the complex and redeveloped it with his son Statius. Until 1945, the von Münchhausen family lived in the castle; afterwards it was used as emergency accommodation for displaced persons, and until 1996 as a school.
Today, Leitzkau Castle is the seat of Kulturstiftung Sachsen-Anhalt. The castle courtyard and the former basilica are accessible during business hours. A small exhibition on the history of the complex is presented in Hobeck Castle, and can be visited on a guided tour run by the Leitzkau Castle supporters' group. It is also worth going on a trip to the pottery market in September and the Advent market on the first Sunday in Advent.
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