Burgruine Niesten

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Recommended by 94 out of 99 hikers


  • Wolly

    Niesten Castle was an important castle complex in the High Middle Ages in the area of today's city Weismain, district 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 lime, 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 Krassachtal, which in turn is a side valley of the Weißmaintal south of the Main.

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    • May 27, 2018

  • Söhni 🏃

    Only a few remnants of the former castle complex of the Andechs-Meranier on the Niestener Burgberg can still be visited today. An information board with a floor plan of the castle reminds of the former nobility seat.

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    • November 1, 2017

  • Wolfgang&Ella

    Must see, great place

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    • August 18, 2019

  • Linda

    Everything is offered, from easy to difficult ways. Especially the descent has it all.

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    • August 28, 2019

  • Lars

    Also one of my favorite places to get away from the hustle and bustle, recharge your batteries and have a beautiful view!

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    • September 4, 2019

  • 🔮 Roland

    beautiful view from up here

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    • August 27, 2019

  • Zieselwiesel

    Popular with photographers, especially the sunset is terrific from here.

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    • September 22, 2019

  • Witwe Bolte

    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.

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    • August 16, 2018

  • Tho〽️aster ™️

    Wonderful place, and don't worry, the goat herd doesn't matter!

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    • August 18, 2020

  • Petra

    Simply beautiful up here! If you're lucky, you will have the view to yourself for a short time. Every time I came up the bank was occupied.

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    • May 16, 2020

  • rangerjacke

    Very nice picnic area with great views.

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    • May 22, 2020

  • Chris M

    Sit down, have a snack, enjoy the landscape ........

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    • 6 days ago

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Location: Weismain, Lichtenfels, Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany


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