Help with the restoration of a Castle and its grounds in Thuringia, Germany



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    We invite young people who are interested in restoration, in gardening and cultural programs like theater, music-concerts and volunteer-projects.

    In 2007 some enthusiastic people founded a company at a Castle in the countryside, to give the place a new meaning and to make the rooms of the Castle usable again and to revive the rooms with art, theater and music.

    The Castle lives through its inhabitants and its visitors. It aims to establish a cultural point of reference in the region. To support this effort, we would like to invite you to join us at this goal.

    Currently we are planning and already realizing to revive the area around the Castle. This means the restoration of a big garden, which is orientated at traditional forms of gardening, is already in progress. This garden is supposed to be opened to the public in two years.
    Already three summers this place could grow thanks to you!
    This summer we want to create a part of the garden in some old ruins of a former barn. With your assistance, we want to complete this cosy little garden-area with a pavilion and a terrace on top!
    We wish young people to leave this Castle, the village and the surroundings formed by them in exchange with the people living here.

    Feel welcome and don´t hesitate to contact us!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will definitely learn a lot. But it will also depend on your own. We concidere self-organization, cooperation and exchange in group-dynamics the most important and enriching forms of increasing your own skills to unexpected levels.
    Sure you will learn something about different handcrafts and find out about the joy to create art in exchange with other people. Possibly you can do theater, music, painting, sculpturing... any kind of art which inspirates you! It will be up to you!

  • Help


    The work could be physically demanding.
    The Secret Garden, the summer project of the last two years, shall grow. We already succeeded to transform some old ruins in to a beautiful garden-place. This year we want to enrich the garden with some more details. Among other things, we would like to cooperatively repair the old stone walls of the ruin. Furthermore we want to realize other ideas like to build a garden house with a terrace on top and a sauna. And if you are getting crazy by sun, you can cool down in the Castle, helping to restore some historical ceilings. Or you spend your time in a creative workshop, which will also be part of the project.
    You have to care for yourself, and your work as well as your leisure time will be decided upon you or collectively as a group (if we host some more volunteers at one time).
    Nonetheless we can ensure you, having a great time at the Castle not only in your time off, but also during the work together.
    If you are open-minded, not older than 25, you like to meet new people, enjoy accomplishing something for the greater good and want to help create this garden together with the inhabitants of the Castle, then you are in the right place!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    german, english

  • Accommodation


    You will be accommodated at the Castle. Depending from the time you will join us, you will have a room by your own, or you will have to share it with some other volunteers. However, we will always have a comfortable place for you.
    We have one kitchen and we 're cooking mainly together. This castle lives through the inhabitants and its visitors. So everyone is seen as an active part in keeping this beautiful place alive.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The next airport is Airport Halle/Leipzig. You can then reach us by train. The castle is located in a village in the northern part of thuringia/germany. The next train station is in a distance of 7 km. There will always be someone to pick you up. Besides, at the Castle always some bikes are available, so that you can easely go around by yourself. The village itself contains a small supermarket and a bakery and there are some more shops nearby in the next towns, also available by bike.
    Your time off you can enjoy, staying at the castle ('cause there is always something going on) or you can take time to have a excursion to some of the many old places around. In this area of thuringia are a lot of old castle ruins, lovely hills with roads for daylong hiking. In a village nearby you can also go for swimming. If you need some days out of the countryside, the next bigger city Erfurt is available by train in an hour.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

This place is growing by your hands! Thanks to everyone and let's get started to new projects!
the stage waiting for its artists...
there is always something to celebrate!
Our "Secret Garden" is growing! This is part of our great work we did with your help!
The sports field invites to play football!
Working with clay. Restoration of the ceilings of some rooms in the castle with traditional techniques.
On the way to swimming.
Departure for a trip.
One of our dining rooms, if it is raining.
Good and enough food is always important for a good living together... :)
This area behind the Castle is the current project of us, it is supposed to become a beautiful garden.

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