Castle ruins in the Harz

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Treasures, resources, hunting grounds and trade routes - In the Middle Ages, the nobility had more than one good reason to protect their lands. Remnants of these ancient times are plentiful, and you can still explore numerous castle ruins in the Harz. Some of them were turned into museums, some you'll have to discover on your own, hidden away in the dense forests - and yet others only look like castles at first glance. We've gathered some of the best for you right here.

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    Burgruine Sachsenstein

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    A wonderfully quiet place to relax. View to the Sachsenstein, view over a part of the southern Harz. In the remains of the ruins of the castle ruins, the former masonry art in the form of herringbone pattern can be seen.
    For railway fans, there is an extra tip: here regularly a regional train drives directly past the castle ruins. Railway photos are almost a must here.

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    It is a still well-preserved castle ruins. The view from the upper wall remains in the landscape is great. The associated restaurant is pleased about your visit and invites you to coffee with a beautiful view. About 1.5 km away is the Unicorn Cave, which is also worth a visit.

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    The Regenstein fortress is a unique experience for young and old. Its location on the rocks allows visitors a fantastic all-round view. In the north, the Heers can be seen with its pine forest and in the south are the Harz foothills and the city of Blankenburg. The fortress itself is largely worked in the sandstone, which distinguishes it from many other castles. A multitude of caves are perfect for young and old explorers. One can combine the visit of the fortress with the Regensteinmühle and the sand caves in the Heers to a wonderful short hike.

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    Burg Falkenstein/Harz

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    The castle Falkenstein stands out as a jewel over the Selketal in the eastern Harz. Even from afar, it can be seen on arrival. From the other side of the valley, the Ackeburg, you also have a very good view. The castle is completely preserved and serves as a museum. Many interesting exhibits give historical insights. The tower offers a view, from which one can overlook the Selketal. Seasonally take place here knight and castle festivals. A falconer practices his craft here. Here you can even hold a wedding. In front of the gate is the stamp post 200 of the Harzer hiking pin.

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    Burg Arnstein

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    The ruins of Arnstein Castle between Sylda and Harkerode on the eastern edge of the Harz are partially restored. Its exposed location makes the ruin visible from almost anywhere, but it also offers great views. Through a spiral staircase to get to the 1st floor and from there can overlook the surroundings. Especially from the inside, the ruin with its preserved outer walls without roof looks very impressive. It is freely accessible at any time of the day.

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    Lauenburg

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    Explore the ruins of the castle and the outer bailey.

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    Ruine Questenberg

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    Interesting castle ruins above the village Questenberg. It is not very easy to reach via very steep paths. But the wall remains offer a great photo backdrop. Especially popular with us are pictures in the archway, through which one can see the opposite quests. The ruin is freely accessible. Be careful, there is a risk of falling on all sides.

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    Burgruine Hohnstein

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    In the most diverse sources quite contradictory information is given at the time of origin. The one of the 10th century is referred to as a donation of the district under Henry I. so other records date the construction to the 12th or 13th century. So there is still enough material for research here - no matter, worth seeing and extremely appealing is the facility. A small economy invites you to linger.

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    Above the confluence of the cold and warm Bode stretches the most historically significant place in the Harz - the royal court on Bodfeld.
    Here were the German emperors and kings, such as Emperor Otto I, Emperor Otto II or Emperor Henry III. from the year 916-1056.
    Not only as an attraction, the ruin Königsburg is a must for every Harzerlauber. Whether hikers, walkers or "stampers" of the Harzer hiking nobility, all are after a short climb with an unforgettable, royal view of the entire panorama of the Harz National Park with the Brocken,
    rewarded with Hohnekopf and strawberry head, large and small Winterberg and Wurmberg.
    Source: oberharzinfo.de

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    Roseburg

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    The Roseburg is not a castle or ruin in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a castle-like park wedged in a corset of castle walls. Fantastic sculptures, pools and fountains invite you to dream. From the observation tower you greet the Harz. There is a café on the premises. The Roseburg has opening times, admission is free. There is a parking space directly in front of the castle entrance. Further excursion destinations nearby are the castle Ballenstedt or the Selketal.

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