300 Years from stone to stone

300 years from stone to stone

Hafenpreppach "hafenpreppach castle built around 1718 by joseph greising for the wurzburg prince bishop johann philipp von greiffenclau", reads a stone plaque on the gate of the castle in the maroldsweisach part of the community. Another round anniversary in the market’s roughly round jubilee year (900 years since it was first named; 250 years of market law). In fact, the original castle on the hill in hafenpreppach dates back to the 16th century. Century and stood in the possession of the stone to old stone. In the early 18. In the 19th century, however, it received its present baroque appearance.
In fact, such a representative wall is not built in a few months, but rather in years. And there is always a need for renovation and change there. Workers are once again busy renovating the manor house and, in a short time, restoring the orangery, which is part of the ensemble and is in a state of disrepair, as a small music hall. They do this on behalf of the new owners of the castle, the art collector and advisor ismail mukadam and the music lover and supporter henrik stein. Moment, stein? Haven’t we been through this before?? "Pure coincidence, the business economist waves it off; apart from the name, he has nothing to do with the former owners of the castle.
In 1664, one can read in history books, the estate came into the possession of the barons of greiffenclau, to whom the wurzburg prince bishop johann philipp von greiffenclau (1699 to 1719) also belonged. Several representative buildings in the region testify to his building activity. He also wants to rebuild and expand hafenpreppach castle.
It was one of his last rough works, as so often executed by his prince-bishop city and country architect joseph greissing, who is sometimes spelled with one, sometimes with two ‘s’.
The greiffenclau family held the castle until 1789. Afterwards, the plant changed owners several times. It came into the possession of a jewish banker, later a dutch widow, two german brothers and finally, from 1919, into the hands of the riehl family. When the last possible heir to the castle, helmut riehl, died as a soldier in the second world war, the entire property was transferred to a foundation named after him under the trusteeship of the bavarian red cross. After the war, the property was converted into a children’s home, where over 12,000 girls and boys are said to have found recreation in the following years. An annex, the so-called old castle, fell victim to the wrecking ball in 1960. Extensive renovation work on the building began in 1980. The owner of the foundation, the bavarian red cross, sold the castle to private investors in 1989.
Until 2016, the painter anton hoger had used the castle as a private residence, but two years ago the current owners took over the facility. They are sprucing up the historic wall, the park and adjacent buildings. The fountain house was also completely renovated by the new owners of the castle.
When asked about their plans, the two art lovers still keep a low profile. "The use will be more private, but music performances and art exhibitions as well as an ‘artist in residence’ concept will definitely be there.", says stein "further ideas not excluded". They stumbled upon the property in hafenpreppach by chance, the two frankfurters explain, "looking for a nice property in the region". Franconia suits them, not least for many years because of the wagner festival in bayreuth. "We feel very comfortable and welcome here", says stein "it’s a very nice community here in the village".
A celebration of the 300th anniversary. The castle hafenpreppach, however, will not exist. Yvonne beck, the anniversary representative of the market administration in maroldsweisach, knows nothing about this. For the time being, she is happy to have completed all the preparations for the 900th anniversary so well.

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