Porsche Has Something Expensive To Sell You

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

No, it’s not a special-edition 911 with a few extra horsepower and leather-wrapped mirror-adjustment levers. Nor is it a water pipe built to the most exacting standards ever imagined by German engineers. No, Porsche has a freaking palace for sale, Schloss Bullachberg to be precise. Conveniently located in Bavaria’s castle district, near some of Germany’s most famous castles, Bullachberg was once the seat of the von Thurn und Taxis dynasty… and can now be yours for an undisclosed sum. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports that Porsche bought the property five years ago, for some six million Euros, with plans to turn it into a luxury resort hotel for “kaufkräftig” (literally purchase-powerful) customers and management retreats. Fast forward through one financial crisis and one overambitious attempt to buy Volkswagen, and Porsche has decided to let the property go. But be warned, as the FAZ reports that

only the most necessary work was done on the building’s upkeep.

Now that Ferrari even has its own amusement park (conveniently begun before the financial crisis), there’s no way Porsche will ever match its Italian rival in terms of cross-branded destination tourism. Which is fine. After all, we’re talking about car companies here… right?

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  • Robert.Walter Robert.Walter on Oct 07, 2011

    If you go to its web-site, it would seem that it is already a luxury conference center with several other oems, e.g. bmw, making use of it. Such facilities are not unusual for large german firms, for example, the big steel firm TK in germany has a luxury hotel integrated into its management-development center in a medieval castle once owned by one of its founders, the other founder's residence is used fo swanky society eventssponsored by the company. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schloss_Landsberg_(Ratingen) http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_H%C3%BCgel By the way, how many ofyou know that when the Ford WHQ, The Glass House, was built in a somewhat rura Dearborn in the 1950's, that due to a lack of good hotel rooms in the area, the WHQ incorporated some number of apartments available for the use of visiting board members? btw, does anybody have more info on them then, or their fate? Obviously, with the rooms vilable at the Ford-owned Dearborn Inn, and after Ford put-up the Fairlane Town Center mall across the expressway, in the 1970's, linked by Ford Monorail to a large on-site hotel, first run by Hyatt Regency, later by Ritz Carlton, there was no need to keep the apartments, or executive chef on-duty, for said visiting board members.

  • Stuki Stuki on Oct 07, 2011

    How long and serpentine is the driveway?

  • .5MT .5MT on Oct 08, 2011

    Looks like it should be on a minor issue stamp.

  • Skink Skink on Oct 09, 2011

    I'd like to make a bid on it in the amount of an undisclosed sum.