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Entrance Hall

Passing the semi-circle shaped bow entrance, you enter the rooms restored by the Club. At the time the masters of Daun-Oberstein lived at the castle (until 1624), a summer kitchen was located in todays entrance hall, featuring an open room with a fireplace.

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The exhibition

The exhibition will be set up inside the newly created room above the Kultursaal, following Castle Obersteins museum concept. It will inherit exhibits from seven centuries of castle history.

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The Kultursaal (Cultural hall)

kulturraum 1Above the "Wappensaal" you will find another room, the "Kultursaal", which is used for cultural events. The furniture inside the Kultursaal shows a grand piano, a bureau and baronial chairs. The Kultursaal offers a unique ambiance e.g. for a wedding. Besides matrimonial services, the room is used frequently for concerts or readings.

Todays name "Kultursaal" reminds us of the high cultural level cultivated by the castles inhabitants from 15th century on. Even at this time a large private library existed, some of these books are now part of important libraries in Prague, Cologne or the Netherlands.

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The Buffetraum (Buffet room)

The "Buffetraum" (buffet room) is located half way upstairs the Wappensaal.  In the old days, this room possibly used to be a kitchen. Today it is used for buffet setup for celebrations at the Wappensaal.

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The Erkerraum (Oriel room)

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While restoring the castle, shards of stove tiles were found in the castles debris, showing a striding lion. The Club initiated a redesign of the historic motif and reconstructed the stove inside the Erkerraum (oriel room) in order to create a gemuetlich room for events. The original stove tiles are dated in the early 14th century. At the wall, you will find portraits of the last count of Daun-Oberstein, Count Wilhelm Wirich (1613-1683), his wife  Elisabeth, Countess of Waldeck (1610-1647) and their son Carl Alexander (1643-1669)

Originally, the winder for the castles drawbridge was supposed to be located in this room. The oriel was open, offering a defensive position for the castle entrance.

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Based on the experiences from the crusades it was quite common in the 14th century to build chicanes into the path leading to the castle. The purpose of those chicanes (e.g. bailey or machicolation) was to repel or eliminate offenders. The already mentioned method of entering the castle - aorund the eastern tower over the rock through the bridgetower - was chosen due to this reason. The Erkerraum was offering perfect conditions for firing on short and descending distances. Therefore, a non-heated armory was placed here in the old days.

Today you will find a gemuetlich room with a stove, ideal for social events with a limited number of people. 

 

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