By the time the European Heritage Project acquired Hofhegnenberg Castle in 2008, the aftermath of twenty years of neglect was undeniably visible. It was a prohibitive project, and lacking the necessary financial means, neither the community of Steindorf, nor the administrative district of Aichach-Friedberg were able to take care of the castle. The building stock had suffered massive dilapidations caused by humidity, frost, mildew, etc., that needed instant remedy, as total loss of the buildings’ structure posed a serious menace. The castle was in a derelict state that would tolerate very little displacement before the onset of total damage and failure. Several building elements already collapsed nearly in its entirety, creating damage that was to some degree irreversible. With a conservation project plan that implemented immediate action, the European Heritage Project could undertake necessary measures during a six year renovation cycle, that was successfully accomplished by 2014.
The main goal of this venture was to save this important monument of the historic Wittelsbach Country as a precious heritage for posterity. By painstakingly conserving the castle’s intriguing architectonic potpourri, elements of diverse historic styles and periods—namely Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neo-Gothic—could be saved. The region’s rekindled official landmark can now be experienced at open house days, diverse cultural events, such as concerts, as well as during the Kipferlmarkt, a charitable Christmas market at the beginning of December, when Hofhegnenberg’s premises are being decorated in a festive fashion. Furthermore, the castle’s gates are being regularly opened for pilgrimages and liturgical services.