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23rd March - 30th June, Oct. Tue-Sun 11 am - 5 pm,
The castle, which is situated directly on the „Große Eutiner See“ (Great Eutin Lake), is an irregular four-winged building. It goes back to a medieval episcopal castle. Later it served as a residence for the prince-bishops of Lübeck from the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf, the later grand dukes of Oldenburg.
The castle still shows component parts from different architectonic stylistic periods from the 17th to the 19th century. In the castle church, which is furnished in baroque style, there is a lavishly carved frame for an altar painting. The organ has a case and a front that go back to Arp Schnitger. It holds a high-quality “newly”-built technical interior of the 19th century by Schulze/Paulinzella. The rooms of the former ducal residential castle that are now used as a museum are provided with original furnishings: furniture, paintings and craftwork from the times of the late Baroque, Regence and Classicism. Impressive items are, for instance, large model ships. These were once presents from the Russian Czars who were related to the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf.
The once splendid garden, which resembled that of Versailles, was altered to an English garden at the end of the 18th century.