The first mention of the little town dates back as far as the 9th century. Even an estate house existed back then which of course was much smaller and simpler at the time. The renaissance style manor house that exists today was built in the late 16th century. Most of the villagers were employed at the estate and working as farmers for the Barons. This went on until the 1950s. When Karl Marx's family lived in their London exile, this estate supplied them with food - because the Baron's family was related to them.
During the German separation, various uses for the building were found over the years by the socialist authorities - kindergarten, village shop, apartments, library. After the German reunification, the manor has been left abandoned.
GALLERY UPDATE! New photos added taken on October 2, 2017.