About the local hosting organizationOpen Houses
About the volunteer workThe participants of this Workcamp will construct a wooden gate and will build new fences surrounding the ground. They will dig holes for the foundations of the gate as well as for the fences, cast the foundations and construct the gate and the fences. Furthermore the participants will continue with the cultivation of the outdoor area around the castle. In July Open Houses organises Workcamp and Building Weeks in the same period at Ollendorf Water Castle. The two working groups are living together and they are one community. The only difference between the two projects is the different topics they are working on. During the camp it will be possible, that volunteers join the other working group, because of their skills or their own interests. Therefore please have a look both at the Workcamp and Buildings Weeks descriptions.
Local accommodationsimple conditions, shared rooms with beds, warm showers and toilets, The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.
About the project locationOllendorf is situated between Erfurt, capital of Thuringia, and Weimar, the European Capital of Culture 1999. The small village is surrounded by a beautiful countryside. Ollendorf Water Castle was probably built in the 13th century as a protective fort at the “via regia”. The “via regia” was the most important medieval trading route which ran from Flanders via Frankfurt and Leipzig to Russia. In 1692 the castle had been destroyed by a fire and only the foundations could remain. The current manor house was built in 1694 in a simple rural baroque style, replacing the former castle. Following the decline of the “via regia” in the 19th century, the site was later used for agricultural purposes, and store houses and barns were built. During the last decades, due to long vacancy, the manor fell into disrepair. Since several years Open Houses is active at the Water Castle and could safe it from falling apart. Many works has been done since than, both focusing on the restoration of the historical complex and the renaturation of the castle’s surroundings. Due to the young people from different countries, who have lived there and have taken part in its restoration during the last years, the castle changed into a place of creativity and open-mindedness. Ollendorf is a good place to start excursions to important historical and cultural places like Weimar and Erfurt which are not far from the village.