Grebenstein castle ruins

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The Grebenstein castle ruins towers over the top of the castle hill.

It stands on a basalt cone that is visible from all directions. The half-timbered town of Grebenstein at its feet owes its foundation to the castle. The castle was probably built in 1272 by Ludolf von Dassel. By marriage she came into the possession of the von Everstein family. In 1297 they sold the castle to the Landgrave of Hesse, Heinrich I of Hesse. Grebenstein Castle changed hands several times within the family in the years to come. In 1385 it was besieged in vain by the Archbishop of Mainz due to a feud. The castle was occupied by officials until 1528, after which it served as a fruit store. The Grebensteiner castle complex had no keep. As a residential building, she owned the courtyard. This was a large, elongated building, the 1st floor of which was probably intended as a lounge and dining room for the castle men and the guests. What is particularly interesting about Grebenstein Castle is that the otherwise separate parts of a castle, namely the women's apartment and the kitchen with the castle courtyard, have been structurally integrated.
In 1631 the castle and the town of Grebenstein were almost completely destroyed in the 30 Years War, and the residents used Grebenstein Castle as a quarry to rebuild their community. Around 1700 the roof of the castle collapsed, so that today only the outer walls (palas) and remains of bay windows and chimneys have been preserved

From the visitor platform, which can be reached via a staircase, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the beautiful landscape of North Hesse.

Zum Burgberg

34393 Grebenstein


Phone: +49 5674 / 7050



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