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Castle ruin "Hohenburg - Burgruine "Hohenburg"

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  • Homberg (Efze)

High up and deep down: Hohenburg Castle with its castle tower offers wide views of the countryside and one of the deepest castle wells in Europe.

The ruins of Hohenburg bear witness to an explosive and war-torn history during the Thirty Years' War. Standing 376 meters above sea level, today, they offer an incredible panoramic view over the entire region of Homberg. The Hohenburg is the nucleus of the town of Homberg (Efze). During a castle tour, you will learn about the eventful history and get a glimpse into the 150-meter-deep castle well. The castle well was once carved into the basalt stone, making it one of the deepest in Europe. An illuminating system and an automatic water chute demonstrate its breathtaking depth.

Cannonballs from the time of the siege, when the castle came under attack, can be seen in the Hohenburg Museum at Marktplatz 16. The center of attention is the unique visual and written report by Johann Daniel Homagius about the final military actions and the siege in January 1648. Other important documents include the "Letters from the Stone Heap" and the "Homberg Peace Treaty" of February 9, 1648.

From the castle tower and the plateau of the castle, you have a fantastic view in all directions. During a walk, admire the rose plantations on the castle wall and the medicinal herb garden. Today, the castle ruin is also used, besides hosting various events, as a romantic backdrop for the Homberg Rose Weddings. The Marstall serves as a registry office, and the landlord of the Burgbergstuben offers a special ambiance for wedding celebrations with excellent food and fresh drinks.

During a castle tour, you will learn many historical details and stories. One of them is the legend of the White Lady: "The town of Homberg was once under a harsh siege, and among the citizens were even some who sided with the enemy. Even the watchman on the Burgberg was among the traitors... On the night, when a storm on the walls of Homberg was to happen as planned, and everything was prepared for it, the bribed watchman refrained from blowing the horn, and the city would have been lost if..." (Excerpt from: "Sagen aus Hessen," edited by Ulf Diederichs and Christa Hinze, Rowohlt 1995)

To find out how this story unfolds, you can learn during one of the guided tours at the castle or in the Hohenburgmuseum in the former Engelapotheke. You can also find interesting information about the history of the castle there.

Guided tours through the castle complex, including the well-house, Marstall cellar, and tower, are available upon request.

Enchanting weddings take place in the Marstall.

Opening hours:

The Hohenburg is freely accessible, and the Marstall cellar is open during guided tours. Opening hours of Burgbergstuben (the restaurant).

For more information and to book a tour, contact:

Tourist Information Homberg (Efze), Marktplatz 7, Phone +49 681 939161


Georg-Textor-Weg 1

34576 Homberg (Efze)


Phone: +49 5681 939161


Website: www.burgberggemeinde-homberg.de

General information

  • for Children of the age of 3-6
  • for Children of the age of 6-10
  • for Children of the age of 10 upwards

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