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Eisenwald Castle

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Eisenwald Castle (Schloss Eisenwald) is the former seat of royal government in Reichsborg, Ostland (now central Burwood, Moorland). It is also the ancestral home of the house of Eisenwald-am-Silberstrom, the ruling house of Ostland. It is the main landmark in the now ruined town of Reichsborg. King Nikolaus VI lived here with his family. He was also born here. Since 1718, the castle is owned by the Order of the Holy Lakes.

Eisenwald Castle on fire

In 1728 the castle suffered significant damage due to the Burwood Wildfires. The wooden timber and interior were gutted by the fire, and the loss of stabilization caused much of the bulwarks to collapse. The remains of Otto Eisenmann were found in the castle ruins when Moorland's firefighting teams arrived to extinguish the fires. Taken over by Moorland following the annexation of Ostland, the castle was deemed historically and culturally significant and declared a protected site. Under that designation funding was made available for the castle's restoration; although private donors have also helped to fund the project. In late 1728 the initial phases of reconstruction began.

For Hurmu's continued support of Moorland during the war and fires, King MacMartin deeded the property to the Order of the Holy Lakes with the provision that the premises be kept as a historic site for future generations. Reconstruction would continue to be carried out by Moorland as part of the donation which, once completed, would be then completely handed over to Hurmu. After nearly three years of work, renovations were completed in spring of 1730 and the castle was handed over to Hurmu in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Eisenwald's Great Hall, before and after restoration