Purschenstein Castle was built as a toll and escort castle to protected a salt road running from Central Germany to Bohemia. This long-distance trading route, also called the Old Bohemian Trail, ran from Leipzig past present-day Neuhausen and over the Deutscheinsiedler Saddle towards Prague.
In 2005, the castle was bought by a Dutch businessman. Since then it has been renovated and houses a hotel, the Schlosshotel Purschenstein.
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