Update 2020 – Kransberg Castle in Germany, former Nazi headquarters

Kransberg Castle is mostly known for having been Goering’s secret headquarters and where the American forces held the scientist Wernher von Braun’s family members in hiding from the Russians.

Schloss Kransberg

In 2012, I had to chance to visit the castle with the author Annie Jacobsen. More here: A Visit to Schloss Kransberg

The local paper, dated 28 May 2020, reported about the recent sale of the castle. For many years, the castle had just settled in dust, until 2012, when it had two potential buyers. The sale never came through though.

Now it has been sold to a Turkish-rooted investment company. The city of Usingen, which had the pre-purchase right, turned down the offer to buy it. The purchase price remains in the dark, but it is supposed to be below 1 million euro.

The new owner, Mr. Bilgiç Ertürk, had planned to turn the castle into an educational institute. Other Turkish investors supposedly had voiced their interest in cooperating with european universities.

These plans did not materialize, and so, concerts and weddings are taking place there now.

A Visit to Schloss Kransberg

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.

Filming “Snow White Must Die”

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).

Goering’s office at Schloss Kransberg

The building superintendent, Jan Herrmanns, is giving us a tour of the castle grounds.

The Offizierskasino (Officers’ Club) was impressive.

The Officers’ Club at Kransberg

Schloss Kransberg

A memorable trip down into the Bunker (bomb shelter)

Bomb shelter at Kransberg

We left the building through this bomb shelter door.

Kransberg Bunker

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.


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