Creepy Castles: 13 Abandoned Places You Need to Visit
Schloss Altenstein has been passed among the nobility of the German and Austro-Hungarian empire since the early 14th century – moving from one branch of the family to another, until it was given to the Dukes of Saxe-Meiningen, who were its most famous occupants.
The castle has been renovated and expanded since its construction, with various petty noblemen adding their flourishes until it resembled some monster hybrid of German Baroque and English Renaissance revival styles. In 1942, the estate was sold by the last generation of Saxe-Meiningen dukes to the state of Thuringia. It was mostly destroyed by fire in 1982, but parts of it have been renovated and opened to the public.