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Seehof Castle, Memmelsdorf

#11 of 48 in Historic Sites in Upper Franconia
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Schloss Seehof is a Schloss (palace) in Memmelsdorf, Bamberg, Germany. It was built from 1684 to 1695 as a summer residence and hunting lodge for Marquard Sebastian von Schenk von Stauffenberg, Prince-bishop of Bamberg.LocationSchloss Seehof is located outside of Memmelsdorf in the district of Bamberg, around 5 kilometers northeast of the town of Bamberg in the Upper Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany.HistoryMarquard Sebastian von Schenk von Stauffenberg, Prince-bishop of Bamberg enjoyed the rural area around Memmelsdorf. He thus asked to replace a local estate from the late 15th century with an early Baroque palace. This was built in 1684-95.Later redesigns included the White Hall in the west wing, created during the reign of Johann Philipp Anton von Franckenstein in the 1750s.DescriptionThe palace is located in a large park and stands on a square plan much like Schloss Johannisburg at Aschaffenburg. The four corner pavilions are topped by squat octagonal towers with prominent slate roof hoods featuring pierced ball ornaments. The facades are heavily segmented by large windows (with triangular gables on the ground floor and arches on the upper floor). Each row of windows is supported by a cornice. The inner court features two small clock towers and an arcade that surrounds it on the ground floor on all four sides.
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  • From the interior of the castle I was very disappointed, I have never seen uglier. The chateau and its surroundings were nice.  more »
  • This palace was built as a summer residence for the prince bishop of Bamberg and you can tell it was once glorious. It is now in a very sad and neglected condition and is somewhat depressing to visit....  more »
  • Despite the gambler owner selling everything off, the Bavarian state has done a good job of restoring it. Would really like to see the garden restored.
  • Nice place, unfortunately you can see that it has a way to low budget. The park is very nice and has a huge potential. The insides are still being renovated and require still a lot of money to get this place to a state which would be comparable with other well known residences in Franken. Overall very worthy of seeing even though so much potential is still wasted.
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