Wasserschloss

Wasserschloss, Taufkirchen

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The Wasserschloss Taufkirchen is a moated castle in Taufkirchen (Vils), Bavaria. == History == A noble family named Taufkirchen is recorded as living in the town in the 11th century. Gerhard von Taufkirchen is mentioned in documents from 1140. The first mention of the castle and parish in one document dates to 1263, describing a dispute between Bishop Conrad II, Count of Wittelsbach, and Grimold von Taufkirchen over the rights to occupy the Taufkirchen, described as "iuxta castellum eius" (near the castle). Later the Lords of Fraunberg owned the Castle, then from 1554-1672 it was the property of the Fuggers.

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Wasserschloss, Taufkirchen

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The Wasserschloss Taufkirchen is a moated castle in Taufkirchen (Vils), Bavaria.

History

A noble family named Taufkirchen is recorded as living in the town in the 11th century. Gerhard von Taufkirchen is mentioned in documents from 1140. The first mention of the castle and parish in one document dates to 1263, describing a dispute between Bishop Conrad II, Count of Wittelsbach, and Grimold von Taufkirchen over the rights to occupy the Taufkirchen, described as "iuxta castellum eius" (near the castle).

Later the Lords of Fraunberg owned the Castle, then from 1554-1672 it was the property of the Fuggers. This family expanded the original building, and added a chapel. The altar has the Fugger coat of arms. The castle then passed to the Barons of Puech, who brought wealth into the town. Following that the castle went through various ups and downs. In the last half of the 20th century it was the property of the government of Upper Bavaria. Until 1998 the castle's rooms were used for patients of the district hospital, while separate buildings in the castle park were used for patients of the psychiatric hospital.

The "Friends of Taufkirchen Castle" (Förderverein Schloss Taufkirchen) association was founded in 1997 with the goal of preserving the historical landmark. After lengthy negotiations with the government of Upper Bavaria, on 17 January 2005 the castle was sold to the private owner Nico Forster of Kraiburg. He bought the castle for the symbolic price of one euro in exchange for agreeing to undertake a careful restoration, and to allow parts of the castle to be used for cultural purposes. As of 2011 the municipality of Taufkirchen was considering buying the castle.

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