The castle was first mentioned in a document as the “House at Schleiz” in 1367.
It was probably built from 1240 onwards, when the lords of Lobdeburg moved from Saalburg to Schleiz. After this family had died out in 1289, the castle and town passed to the Landgrave of Thuringia, until the Reeves of Gera were able to take it over in about 1318. The castle was destroyed by a huge fire in 1475; the lords of Gera then constructed a new complex. It was expanded by Burgrave Heinrich the Younger and is therefore referred to in literature as the “Burgrave’s castle”. This building also burnt down completely in 1689. Heinrich I Reuss-Schleiz therefore had a new castle built with a different architectural style and it was finally completed in 1753. After another major fire in 1837, which also destroyed the tower roof, which had been installed in about 1810, a castle was built on the vaults of the ground floor; severe bombing by the U.S. Air Force destroyed it on 8 April 1945.
Unfortunately you cannot enter the castle area but you are invited to visit the park.