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.
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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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.
The Falkenstein Castle protrudes as a jewel above the Selketal in the eastern Harz. You can already see it from afar when you arrive. From the other side of the valley, that of 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, from which one can overlook the Selke Valley, provides a view. Knight and castle festivals take place seasonally. A falconer practices his craft here and you can even hold a wedding. In front of the gate is the stamping point 200 of the Harz hiking pin.
Already visible from afar but behind the next. The curve has already disappeared.
The ruin has everything you could wish for.
She has the look of. Castles from Scotland.
It is accessible and offers beautiful views and numerous photo opportunities.
What is missing is a rest area.
But there is a reason.
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.
The castle ruins can be hiked quickly and easily from Neustadt. It is said to have been built around 1120 and offers an impressive backdrop. It can be visited at any time and an iron staircase leads to the ruined tower, from which you have a wonderful view. There is a very good restaurant just below the castle ruins. If you want to see even more, you should continue to Poppenberg.
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.
The Roseburg is not a castle or ruin in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a castle-like park squeezed into a corset made of castle walls. Fantastic sculptures, water basins and fountains invite you to dream. You greet the Harz Mountains from the observation tower. There is a café on the premises. The Roseburg has opening times, entry is chargeable. There is a parking lot directly in front of the castle entrance. Other nearby excursion destinations are Ballenstedt Castle or the Selketal.