The castle was built from 1711 to 1718 in the Baroque style as a summer residence for Lothar Franz von Schönborn (1655-1729).
The tour starts at the main door where I am standing. The tour takes two hours and I would have like to have seen the inside rooms of the castle. However, my cousin and I were scheduled to meet someone in Bamberg and needed to get a move on. You can see more pictures of the castle on the referenced web ages.
The first must-see in Pommersfelden is of course the castle. The castle was built in 1711 by Prince Bishop, Lothar Franz von Schönborn as a summer residence. It is in full-on Baroque style, complete with tons of gold leaf, cherubs and general over the top decadence.
It has a rather large and important art collection, including works by Rubens, Titian and Van Dyck, it's own winery and falconery. The grounds are very large and house a small herd of deer.
Every July it hosts the Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden, during which there are countless concerts performed by very talented young musicians.
The castle hosts the Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden every summer. It is an orchestra and chamber music program attracting musicians and professors from around the world.
The concerts are open to the public and of a very high caliber. There are two full orchestra concerts per week and numerous chamber concerts. The Mozart Evening and the Fireworks (with real fireworks) concerts are very popular.
The other rooms of the castle are very beautiful. Fantastic is the Garden Room with classical statues and the walls completely covered with stones and shells. Stupendous is the Marmorsaal with the fresco made by Michael Rottmayr in 1717. Very interesting are the galleries of pictures, that contain some masterpieces of European painters like Durer, Rubens, Titian, Brueghel the Old, Rembrandt. Very beautiful is the Cabinet of Mirrors.
Schloss Weißenstein was the summer residence of the prince bishop Lothar Franz von Schonborn. It was built among 1711 and 1716 in Baroque style. The castle is formed from three buildings prepared to U with to the center the beautiful courtyard. In front of the principal building there is the interesting Stables. The prince was lover of art and architecture and thanks to him in the castle arrived the most important artists of that time that created the paintings, the rooms and the frescoes that you can see in the building.
In the central building of the castel there is the wonderful staircase made on three floors. It is the biggest and taller room of all the castle. Above the staircase you can see the fantastic fresco made by Giovanni Francisco Marchini. The fresco represents the four continent which were known in that time: Europe, Asia, Africa and America. You can recognize the continents from the painting figures on it: in Africa you can see people with the dark skin, in Asia you can see the camels and people dressing the turban, in America you can see the Indians with the red skin (as the think in that time) while in Europe you can see a Roman soldier and the classical buildings to his shoulders. The three floors of the staircase served to pick up all the people that during the parties were picked up for giving the welcome to the new arrivals.
Has you can see the fresco is very similar to the one painted by Tiepolo in the Residenz of Wurzburg.
At the end of the visit I suggest to relax yourself in the nice park of the castle. The entrance fees is € 0.50 and it is not included in the cost of the castle fees (€ 6.00)