Niesten Castle was an important castle complex in the High Middle Ages in the area of today's city of Weismain, district of Niesten, in the Lichtenfels district in Upper Franconia. It secured a trade route that was important at the time and was considered impregnable for a long time. The castle, which is still in ruins in a few remains of the wall, is freely accessible. The castle hill and the castle site itself serve as goat and sheep pasture. The former spur castle stood on a prominent, steeply sloping elevation made of sponge limestone, the western side summit of the 489 meter high Kahlberg. The mountain is the highest point of an approximately 1.7 kilometers long ridge that begins at Görau in the southeast and ends at Niestener Burgsporn in the west. Like the surrounding hills and ridges, the Kahlberg ridge belongs to the north-eastern Franconian Jura in the Altenkunstadt-Buchauer Alb foreland. In the southwest of the mountain spur is the small village of Niesten, today a district of Weismain. It is located in the so-called Zillertal, a side valley of the Krassach Valley, which in turn is a side valley of the Weißmaintal south of the Main.
May 27, 2018
One should stop by at this castle ruin. The view is not so impressive because of the lower location on the mountain spur, you only have a visual axis towards Weismain on the Kordigast too; in all other directions the mountains are higher. I doubt if the keep has changed this situation. From the castle itself, in earlier times, there was no overview for the purpose of securing roads, as indicated before. Since you had to fall back on additional observation posts. The importance of the castle lay in its strong fortification and size for the Middle Ages. In contrast to the vast area no destruction by the Hussites 1430 is mentioned.
For historically interested people something more precise than on the information boards: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burg_Niesten
But back to the ruin. Here are the three neck trenches - the first seen from the ridge is straight out of the rock straight chiseled - recognize and with the map you can put yourself in the fortification. In sunshine, the terrain is very nice, several benches are set up.
August 16, 2018
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