Mainberg Castle in the 1960s

Thanks to Russell Satterthwait, a blog reader and former U.S. soldier stationed in Schweinfurt/Germany during the Cold War years, is here to share some of his memories and photos.

This is what Russell had to say:

The year of the photographs is 1965. I was wandering in the high hills between Mainberg and Schonungen with a couple of Army buddies. Like you, we were suddenly confronted by a herd of sheep, in the midst of which was a tall gaunt sheepherder attired in a slouched waterproof hat and matching shoulder to ankle oilskin slicker and shepherds crook. He murmered “Gruss Gott”, then disappeared as swiftly as he had materialized like an apparition from a nineteenth century novel.

Further along the path, I came to a stone wall with an open doorway. I stepped in and said to my buddies, “would you look at this?”. We felt we had stepped into a Grimm fairytale castle. These are the photos I took.

Castle Mainberg in 1965

The sheepherder Russell refers to comes from a recent post (December 2011) about the same topic, A Shepherd tending his Flock. It is quite amazing to drive through this area of Germany and see this relic from the past.


  1. good afternoon,
    My name is Lance Goolsby, I am an American, living in Schweinfurt Germany.
    I have an important question.
    I now work as the grounds keeper in the Mainberg Castle, yes it is true, and we will be undergoing a complete renovation of the grounds in the next year. I am looking for historic photographs of the castle when I came across these on this page. We are looking for photos for the following reasons.
    1: we are trying to keep the historic look of the castle exact, historically accurate. In the last 10-20 years the castle has fallen to just short of ruin. Now with the new owner, we are finally bringing it back to the limelight.
    2: I am producing a documentary in english about the castle and I am looking for all photographs that I can place into it, to show it over the last 100 years in photos, and prior in engravings, paintings, carvings and drawings.
    all these will help us get the castle back into the shape and form it should be in, and also garner a few english speaking visitors in the coming years.
    If you could send me any of the photos in this page in full size, we would greatly appreciate it, and include you in the credits of the documentary as a source.
    I thank you.
    Lance M. Goolsby

  2. I will try to get you hooked up with Russell, who might have more photos to share.

  3. Leon Dandridge/Drewel says

    My family just sold the castle in the beginning of the 2000’s. I’m a relative of Gerhard Eichhorn, the previous owner until he passed and it was sold. If you’d like you can contact me at or find me on Facebook Leon Dandridge and we can talk about the Castle and swap information.

  4. Ruth Gonzalez says

    When my husband was stationed in Germany in the early 1960s, we lived within sight of the castle. I often took strolls to the castle with my young son. I have recently taken up painting, and would love some high-quality photos of the castle and, if possible, the surrounding neighborhoods. Thanks!

  5. Ruth, I have just gotten into buying old postcards of the castle. I will send you three photos of the cards I have by e-mail and I’ll look out for other images as well. is an online shop for old postcards. Enjoy your browsing!

  6. @Ruth, tried e-mailing you, but got this message.
    “The error that the other server returned was:
    550 5.1.1 unknown or illegal alias: your e-mail address”

  7. Elizabeth Steck says

    My family has always said that our ancestors previously owned this castle before they could not pay the taxes on it anymore. I would love to get ahold of someone who could give me some previous history/information about the castle, area, and ownerships.

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