It was the seat of a Hofmark (a lower legal entity) during the Palatinate-Sulzbach period (16th–18th centuries). The castle, with its 165 hectares of forest and meadows, is now part of the Schergenbuck reserve. Neidstein was the residence of the Brandt family since 1466. In 1979, the castle was inherited by the American administrative law judge Theodor P. Von Brand from his uncle Dr. Philipp Theodor Freiherr von Brand. After his death in 2004, the von Brand heirs sold the castle in 2006 to the actor Nicolas Cage. In 2009, Cage sold the castle to a lawyer in Amberg. The castle was carefully modernised and is now used as a venue for workshops and conferences e.g. by the Fraunhofer Society.
The ruins of the original Schloss Neidstein are located on top of the peak above the New Castle. The New Castle — an elongated tract with the east gate and a round tower in the west — was designed by Jobst Brand(t) and completed in 1513.
Today's appearance, especially that of the gables, is due to a renovation between 1855 and 1860. Several wall reliefs that show themes from the Old Testament were carved by Georg Schweiger (17th century) from Amberg.
Library and archives
The castle's extensive archives date back to the 16th century, and have been available at the state archives in Amberg since 2006. A substantial part of the area housing the archives was supposedly used to accommodate horses of French troops passing through in 1796.
The whereabouts of the castle's library were unknown until an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (28 October 2006, p. 48) announced that a large amount of literature would be auctioned off in Munich in November 2006.
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- Registration (registered 1973) (in German)
- Nicolas Cage Sells His Castle, People
- "Schloss Neidstein als Veranstaltungsort für Fraunhofer UMSICHT" Archived 2016-08-10 at the Wayback Machine press release of Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT August 31st 2015, retrieved April 17th 2017
- Burgen und Schlösser im Landkreis Amberg-Sulzbach — Detailseite Archived 2009-04-12 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
- Franz Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein: Castles in Bavaria. Munich, 3rd ed. 1984, pp. 199ff with fig. 193 (top view)
- Philipp Theodor Freiherr von Brand: "900 Jahre oberpfälzische Geschichte auf Burg und Schloß Neidstein", in: Oberpfälzer Heimat 9, s.l., 1964, p. 63 (in German)
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