This postcard (DE-11941244) I received from Germany (Gotha - near Erfurt) and was send by Silke.
Postcard details: Schloss Ehrenstein in Ohrdruf (Werbeagentur Simmen), travelled about 438 km (272 mi) in 4 days
Ehrenstein Castle (Schloss Ehrenstein) is a renaissance castle in Ohrdruf in Thuringia . It is a two-storey four-wing building. The city of Ohrdruf was able to use the castle until 1956. Then it was taken over by the Soviet Army and used as a school and for apartments. In 1966 the Soviet school left the building and the apartments were initially occupied. The neglected castle was now left to its own devices, further destruction and robbery ensued. In 1971 the castle was in a ruinous condition. The roofs and the tower hood were defective, the east, south and north wings were badly affected by sponge. There were no more usable water pipes, the sewers were clogged, the electrical system burned, banisters dismantled, parquet floors torn out, doors and windows in the entire castle defective. The first reconstruction work began in 1971on the building complex. In 1997 the city became the owner of the castle and pushed ahead with its renovation both inside and outside. The addition of an external staircase was done in a style break. Today the castle houses the local history museum, the city archive and the city library of the city of Ohrdruf. Two monastery cells and a chapel have been preserved. The redesigned inner courtyard was opened to the public in 2010. There was a landscape architecture competition for the redesign of the palace gardens and grounds. However, on 26 November 2013 a fire destroyed parts of the castle and many of the new exhibits. The cause of the fire was that roofers wanted to de-ice a frozen board on the roof structure with a gas burner. Sparks caused a smouldering fire that spread unnoticed. Despite the efforts of hundreds of fire fighters from all over the region, large parts could not be saved. Small fires were still burning five days later. The city library and museum were severely damaged. Ohrdruf is a small town in the district of Gotha in the German state of Thuringia. It lies some 30 km southwest of Erfurt at the foot of the northern slope of the Thuringian Forest.