A bit of history

Schloss Heinrichshorst was built in 1899, by Swiss architect Jacques Gros (born in 1858 as Friedrich Jakob Gros). The castle was intended as a summer residence and hunting mansion for “Heinrich”, who lost it during a card game to Gustav Wernecke, owner of the Actien-Brauerei Neustadt-Magdeburg.

In his time, Jacques Gros was a very famous architect. He built hotels, villas, mansions and castles in a romantic and eclectic style. The “Schweizer Holzbaustil” was very typical for Jacques Gros. His biggest and best-known realization is the Grand Hotel & Kurhaus Dolder in Zürich, a luxurious hotel in Switzerland.

From 1949 to 1990, Schloss Heinrichshorst was used as a “Kinderkurheim”, a holiday camp for young children. During the whole year, groups of around 60 children in total came to spend a couple of weeks in the castle, enjoying a time of relaxation in the middle of the forest surrounding the “Colbitz-Letzlinger Heide”.

Today, Schloss Heinrichshorst is privately owned and is opening its doors to the public again.


Step by step, we’re trying to put together the pieces of the past.

For this, we need a lot of help, especially from people who lived or worked at the castle a long time ago.

So if you have any stories or pictures that you would like to share with us, please get in touch!