Hagenburg Open or Close
At the end of the 14th century, the counts of Schaumburg built the Hagenburg (Hagenburg Castle) in order to safeguard their estate. Gradually a settlement developed around the castle which became the village called Hagenburg. Later the medieval castle was replaced by a palace. In recent years a new village centre has developed with a modern school complex, the kindergarten "Indianerdorf" (Indian village), and a medical centre. Today the village has more than 4,500 inhabitants.
Hagenburg Palace Open or Close
Hagenburg Palace consists of two buildings, a half-timbered wing from around 1686 and a taller one, which was modernised by Princess Juliane around 1800 with a natural stone facade in Neo-Classical style. It was from here that Count Wilhelm supervised the process of building the fortress island Wilhelmstein in Lake Steinhude. Later rulers mainly used the palace as a summer residence. Since 2005 the palace has belonged to an art auction house. You can see it from the outside.
Moor Garden and Erratic Boulders Field Open or Close
Behind the palace you can discover a a moor garden following an educational trail which introduces you to the vegetation of upland and low moors. Only a hundred metres away, you might visit the glacial erratics exhibition "Findlingsgarten" presenting 23 erratic boulders that were transported from Scandinavia to the region by glaciers during the Ice Age.