Corto plazo
OH-W12 ALEMANIA Region:Thuringia ENVI/RENO 18/07/2021 01/08/2021

Ollendorf Water Castle

ENVI/RENO 18.07. – 01.08.2021 OH-W12

simple conditions, shared rooms
with beds, warm showers and toilets
Next towns: Erfurt (12 km),
Weimar (12 km) Region: Thuringia
Next bus station: Ollendorf.
Next railway station: Erfurt (12 km).
Next airports: Halle/Leipzig (LEJ, 120 km),
Berlin (TXL, SXF, 275 km)
AGE: at least 18

Ollendorf is situated between Erfurt, capital of Thuringia, and Weimar. The small village is surrounded
by a beautiful countryside. Ollendorf Water Castle was probably built in the 13th century as a protective
fort at the “via regia”. The “via regia” was the most important medieval trading route which ran from
Flanders via Frankfurt and Leipzig to Russia. In 1692 the castle had been destroyed by a fire and only
the foundations could remain. The current manor house was built in 1694 in a simple rural baroque
style, replacing the former castle. Following the decline of the “via regia” in the 19th century, the site
was later used for agricultural purposes, and store houses and barns were built. During the last decades,
due to long vacancy, the manor fell into disrepair. Since several years Open Houses is active at the
Water Castle and could save it from falling apart. Many works have been done since then, both focusing
on the restoration of the historical complex and the renaturation of the castle’s surroundings. Due to
the young people from different countries, who have lived there and have taken part in its restoration
during the last years, the castle changed into a place of creativity and open-mindedness. Ollendorf is a
good place to start excursions to important historical and cultural places like Weimar and Erfurt which
are not far from the village.
Project Description
The participants of this Workcamp will help in the conservation of the castle. Thus, the volunteers will
do some works from repairing the small wooden bridge to restore the doors and windows. Another
task will be to help in the restoration of the stone walls which are surrounding the ensemble.
Additionally, the participants will clear up different parts of the ensemble and take care of the green
area around by cutting grass and cleaning the ditch, which was previously part of the defensive system
around the former water fortress.