The town is characterised by the imposing castle, which was built at the beginning of the 13th century to secure an important road junction. The crusaders had brought knowledge of modern fortifications with them from the Orient, and in Droyssig a creative master builder brought all this progress in the
The town is characterized by the imposing castle.
It was built at the beginning of the 13th century to secure an important road junction.
The high-altitude castle Droyssig has no equal in Germany. The crusaders had brought knowledge of modern fortifications with them from the Orient, and in Droyssig a creative master builder brought all these advances in castle construction together to create a work of art.
The Droyssig castle does not exceed its models by far in size, but in the practical arrangement.
The complex originally consisted of a double ring of walls surrounded by a moat.
The outer wall was reinforced by six semi-circular towers. In 1605 there was still a "big strong round tower" in the middle. The access to the castle was formed by a drawbridge, which led from the east between two towers into the courtyard.
With the invention and development of firearms, the castle gradually lost its importance as a defensive structure, and the nobility strove for representative residences.
The fundamental conversion of the castle into a residential complex, a palace, took place under Christian Julius von Hoym at the beginning of the 17th century.
Since he essentially built the new buildings on the mighty walls of the castle, the original layout is still clearly visible.