Annemarie Reimann - Architectural and Cultural Heritage Exkursion

Excursion Hundisburg

  • Our studentgroupe infront of the Hundisburg Castle. © Annemarie Reimann
  • Zigzag-oven of 'Ziegelei Hundisburg' © Saskia Lander
  • Clay as raw material © Saskia Lander
  • One student is forming a brick. © Saskia Lander

In 2019 we made an excursion to the 'Ziegelei Hundisburg' and the baroque garden of the Hundisburg Castle.

The 'Ziegelei Hundisburg' is a manufacturing technical monument It is located in the Haldensleben district of Hundisburg in Saxony-Anhalt. A functional brick factory is shown to visitors, whose system technology essentially corresponds to the status from 1903. It provides an insight into the manufacture of bricks and is unique in Germany in its complexity.

In 1882 a brick factory was founded in Hundisburg, which continued to produce bricks until 1990. After the decommissioning, a development association was founded in 1991, which transformed the former factory and the site into a technical monument. Today the technical monument offers a unique insight into the history of the brick factory in Germany. A pair of storks regularly breed on the square chimney of the originally existing ring furnace. The construction of a smaller, round chimney became necessary in 1920 when a steam engine was purchased to drive the brick technology. Connected to it is the zigzag oven built-in 1938, which is still in use. The other equipment and technology of the brick factory also correspond to the state of the 1930's. In this way, the company produced until 1990 and from then on became a unique technical monument. The historic brick factory is a technology museum and at the same time a production facility for special bricks, especially for monument conservation purposes. Under the aspect "A monument produced for monuments" the craftsmanship of brick production is preserved and maintained by hand according to ancient tradition. Molded bricks and terracotta figures are made by hand. These bricks, which receive a lively color design in the coal fire, are used in the restoration. Both the old processing plants and the well-preserved zigzag furnace are used for this. In a dry shed, a modern workshop for hand-made production was set up, in which the long-term unemployed and people with disabilities find meaningful employment.

A wetland biotope was created in the former clay pit and a ceramic workshop in the dry barn of the facility, which was popular with schools and artists.

In the ceramics workshop, each student made one brick to get an impression of the manual production.

After visiting this technical monument, we drove to the Castle Hundisburg. Hundisburg Castle with its historic gardens and parks lies on the northern edge of the Magdeburger Börde. Already in the 12th century, Hunoldesburg, the fortified castle, existed between the former Archdiocese of Magdeburg and the Welfish territories, from which the keep as the south tower of the castle is still preserved today. Converted into a Renaissance castle in 1544, Johann Friedrich II of Alvensleben had it converted into a grand baroque castle in 1693 based on the example of Salzdahlum. Famous visitors to the rooms designed under the supervision of master builder Herman Korb included the Prussian kings Friedrich Wilhelm I and Friedrich II. Leibniz also once passed through the Corps de Logis, the baroque interior of which was largely destroyed by a devastating fire after the placement of Soviet troops in 1945. The farm buildings were spared and served people's own in the GDR property. Despite several attempts to renovate the buildings in the 1960's, the entire property fell into disrepair. Part of the palace park, which was expanded in the 19th century to include Saxony-Anhalts third-largest landscape park with 100 hectares, served as a football field. After the reunification, thanks to civic engagement and with the support of the EU, the state and the German Foundation for Monument Protection, the renovation and reconstruction of the castle and the now advanced reconstruction of the baroque garden and landscape park could be started. Behind the restored façade is Hundisburg Castle, which, according to art historian Udo von Alvensleben, "ingenious connection of a north German castle complex with a Venetian palace" among others. two art collections, restaurant and wedding room. With the completion of the academy building, the reconstruction of the garden room and the creation of new ceiling frescoes in the baroque ceiling in Hundisburg Castle.The main hall paved the way for the full use of Hundisburg Castle, especially in the cultural field. Perfect symmetry and shape down to the last detail - great horticultural art can be experienced in the baroque garden of Hundisburg Castle, the seat of Alvensleben. The upper and lower pleasure gardens, both completed by 1719, give more and more a sense of the princely splendor that once shaped the garden and made it one of the most famous gardens of its time. The avenue that subdivides the garden is a necessity on the one hand, and a distinctive eye-opening effect on the other. All this we experienced particularly intensively with a guided tour of the castle and garden.