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.
July 10, 2016
The then owners of Falkenstein Castle, who were evicted and expropriated from there in the last days of the war (2nd Worldwar), hid most of their valuable belongings (jewelery, weapons, porcelain, etc.) directly in the castle walls and only after the reunification (!) answered this and gave away the hiding place.
During the entire GDR era, nobody had discovered!
Today you walk over a glass plate embedded in the ground, which shows this hiding place - the centuries-old treasures are partially exhibited.
A true story and just amazing!
October 13, 2018
- Exhibitions in more than 30 rooms on more than 1.000 sqm
- Educational projects and guided tours
- A falcon farm showing birds of prey in free flight
- the possibility to be married - civil, ecclesiastical or both
- numerous events for all ages
and many impressions.
Source (Falkenstein Castle)
December 14, 2016
High above the Selke, in the middle of the nature reserve, rises Falkenstein Castle on a mountain spur. In 1120, Burchard was first mentioned by the Konradsburg as Herr zu Falkenstein and since 1155 the Falkensteiner appear as counts. The last of the sexes, Burchard V., transfers the castle with all possessions to the bishop of Halberstadt in 1332 and withdraws into the spiritual life. Two years later he dies as a canon in Halberstadt. After about one hundred years episcopal rule take over 1437 the lords of the Asseburg the plant. Your intensive construction activity in the 15.-17. Century preserves however the medieval basic character of the castle. In the 19th century, the present counts of the Asseburg-Falkenstein acquire the dignity of a Prussian court hunter. On her behalf, the Prussian architect F. A. Stüler designed some interiors in the style of the "Babelsberg" Neo-Gothic. No longer in line with contemporary tastes, this version was removed again in the 20th century. The present appearance of the castle reflects the interplay of historical periods, such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Let your eyes wander in the courtyard, follow the rich framework of the women's house, the Gothic chapel window, the manor house with its Romanesque stone foundation and finally the three towers of the castle. The well house in the courtyard protects the cistern, which was carved 20m deep into the rock of greywacke at the time of the founders. Inside the castle visitors will find paintings, furniture, tableware and valuable hunting weapons from 5 centuries. On the ground floor of the south wing is the late Gothic "Old Kitchen", which is one of the few working castle kitchens. From the kitchen, a staircase leads up to the "Knight's Hall". This is one of the most beautiful rooms of the castle and a richly decorated table is reminiscent of the time of the Prussian royal court hunts. Open to visitors in the 19th century, in 1946 a museum in the castle opened its doors. Since 1998, the Museum Burg Falkenstein has been run by the Foundation Palaces, Castles and Gardens of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt, which also owns the property.
February 5, 2017
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