This is also a type of accolade: EASY SOFTWARE may now call itself “rescuer of the castle”. Behind this is the Mülheim-based company’s commitment to THE landmark of the city of Mülheim, Schloss Broich.
Throughout its long history, the oldest Carolingian fortification to the north of the Alps survived several sieges and battles. But now the ravages of time are threatening to eat up the time-honored walls of the building. According to expert estimates, only an expensive and cost-intensive restoration program can save the castle from its threatening decay.
For this purpose, EASY SOFTWARE is donating €5,000. “We hope that in this way we can make a small contribution to conserving the landmark of our city, because we are absolutely convinced that the effort is very much worth to conserve this unique historic monument and allow many new generations to experience it,” says EASY CEO Willy Cremers.
“This is a great symbolic gesture that EASY as a Mülheim-based company offers to the municipality,” comments Ingeborg Kammerichs, executive director of Mülheim’s tourism organization, Stadtmarketing und Tourismus GmbH (MST). “The example set by EASY SOFTWARE shows that enterprises are also willing to assume responsibility at a local level and to act on behalf of the community. Of course, we hope other enterprises will follow the example set by EASY SOFTWARE.”
There is a wealth of opportunities for “rescuers of the castle” to make contributions: Profound damage analyses revealed that over €4 million is needed to finance this project. Restoration takes place in several sections of the building and will take several years.
Schloss Broich is the most important Carolingian fortification of the German-speaking world. It has a long and eventful history. Henry the eastern Frankish duke once set up the castle as a fortification to defend against the raids of the approaching Vikings. The fort was built on a hill above the river Ruhr to secure the river and the Hellweg, in those days an important East-West connection line. In 884, Henry’s army drove away the Vikings from near-by Duisburg. After he had averted the acute danger posed by the Vikings, Henry deserted the building. By the end of the 11th century, the noble successors to the Lords of Broich rebuilt and expanded the castle. Today this historic building is, above all, used for municipal receptions, official honors and marriage ceremonies.