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Castle Westerburg

N 520.848', E 1051.967'
2018-10-14
https://www.hotel-westerburg.de/en
Our rating: 6.80
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The oldest water castle in Germany. The first known documentation about the castle dates back to 1052, although construction began in 980. Round walls, 2 meters thick, appeared in 1080. This unusual round shape is still preserved, although the external walls are no longer there.

Castle Westerburg
Castle Westerburg Yuriy Buriak


Castle Westerburg
Castle Westerburg Yuriy Buriak

During the history, the castle changed owners at least 10 times. In 1807 - 1813 it was owned by Marie Pauline, the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. After World War II, the office of the German Agricultural Union was located in the castle. In 1999, the castle was bought and a year later re-opened as a hotel (booking.com).

In addition to the round shape, there are other distinctive features in the castle. In the courtyard there is a very beautiful little tower, maybe this is a hotel room?

Castle Westerburg
Castle Westerburg Yuriy Buriak

The walls are stone and half-timbered. The courtyard of the castle is very beautiful, we recommend to come here, even for 20 minutes, if you are on the way.

Castle Westerburg
Castle Westerburg Yuriy Buriak


Castle Westerburg
Castle Westerburg Yuriy Buriak


Castle Westerburg
Castle Westerburg Yuriy Buriak

The castle has a chapel, which has been preserved in its original condition since 1681.

Castle Westerburg
Castle Westerburg Yuriy Buriak


Castle Westerburg
Castle Westerburg Yuriy Buriak


Castle Westerburg
Castle Westerburg Yuriy Buriak

In 1802, the outer walls were destroyed and a park was laid. Though, at the moment the park is still in a rather neglected state.

Castle Westerburg
Castle Westerburg Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: parking N 52 00.924 E 10 51.982. Can not be reached by public transport.
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