With the help of the author and Los Angeles Time journalist, Annie Jacobsen, who was granted permission to visit the castle for research on her next book, Mr. Kopp, the Camp King Historian and I were able to gain access to Schloss Kransberg.
Ms Jacobsen also visited Camp King as her forthcoming book will include two chapters about its former intelligence center. Next on her list for further research was Schloss Kransberg, mostly known for having been Goering’s secret headquarters and where the American forces held family members of the scientist Wernher von Braun in hiding from the Russians.
So, here is what we saw.
Driving from Oberursel to Kransberg takes about 30 minutes.
After we parked the car, we walked up the hill towards the castle.
It was a good idea as the castle was teeming with police cars, police men, trucks and vans, and serious looking people.
We had walked onto a film set! From the local papers I just learned that Nele Neuhaus’s novel Schneewittchen muss sterben ( Snow White Must Die from Amazon.de) is being made into a movie and one of the filming locations was Schloss Kransberg in Usingen.
Quoting the sign During WW 2, Schloss Kransberg was part of the Adlerhorst head quarters in Ziegenberg.
I am standing in Goering’s Arbeitszimmer (office).
The building superintendent, Jan Herrmanns, is giving us a tour of the castle grounds.
The Offizierskasino (Officers’ Club) was impressive.
A memorable trip down into the Bunker (bomb shelter)
We left the building through this bomb shelter door.
Schloss Kransberg is mentioned in quite a few books, among them The Good German (Amazon.de).
This castle has seen so many visitors, among them unusual tenants (Michael Jackson had rented part of it for his European office), movie makers, war lovers, and peace keepers.