Ruine Burg Waldeck

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  • Thorsten

    The oldest surviving building remains do not date before 1200. The lords of Waldeck were "grave-like" estate and had earned in the course of the 13th century, a more extensive territory. With the extinction of the lines of those of Waldeck 1417 and 1553, the castle went to Württemberg. The today well-known Waldeck ruin was further developed and inhabited until the 17th century. Presumably, the plant was finally destroyed in 1688 in the Palatinate War of Succession by French troops.

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    • February 5, 2017

  • The Walking Dad

    When this castle was built is unclear. 1140 is first mentioned an Ortwin von Waldeck. The oldest surviving building remains do not date before 1200. The lords of Waldeck were "grave-like" estate and had earned in the course of the 13th century, a more extensive territory. Several estates on monasteries testify to their prosperity. This should not least have been favored by the exploitation of the nearby silver mines of Neubulach. However, the influence of the Waldeckers in the region seems to have become too strong, so that their feudal lords, the counts of Hohenberg, were forced to besiege several Waldecker castles twice, 1279 and 1284. The second siege took place with the support of the Habsburg King Rudolf von Habsburg and ended with the destruction of the castles. After the destruction Albrecht von Hohenberg became owner and rebuilt the castle. He used von Waldeck as bailiffs, who secretly united with the Lords of Baden and in 1287 defeated those of Hohenberg. Their victory made them noble. With the extinction of the lines of those of Waldeck 1417 and 1553, the castle went to Württemberg. Several sources report the same number of five castles on a mountain ("quinque castra in uno monte"). This statement was long doubted. However, investigations in the run-up to the Waldeck ruin have revealed that three more castles existed on the mountain spur west of it. Through humpback stone masonry remains, all three are 13th century buildings. Thus, the source tradition of several castles on a mountain is correct. The missing fifth castle could be seen in a tower standing separately on a boulder which preceded the western castle. After the destruction several castles must have been rebuilt. However, these were given up again at the latest in the 15th century and only the now well-known, well-preserved Waldeck ruins were further developed and inhabited until the 17th century. Presumably, the plant was finally destroyed in 1688 in the Palatinate War of Succession by French troops.Source Wiki

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    • November 11, 2017

  • Jochen

    Interesting castle ruins of a branch line of the Counts of Calw. The knight's castle was probably built around 1100.

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    • April 4, 2020

  • The Walking Dad

    The barbecue area offers enough space. However, I can imagine that on a nice Saturday in the summer, the location is extremely crowded.

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    • November 11, 2017

  • Volker♒

    The size of the castle is also impressive

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    • July 2, 2019

  • Thorsten

    The small barbecue area invites you to rest at the castle ...

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    • February 5, 2017

  • HAm

    Nested ruin to explore!
    With a nice barbecue and break area right in front of the entrance.

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    • August 11, 2019

  • Matthias Brandt

    Opposite the mouth of the Baiersbach in the river Nagold lies the castle Waldeck in a river loop. The plant was more than 200 meters long and spread over several ridges. It was a main castle, which is still well preserved today, as well as numerous smaller facilities, of which hardly any remains are recognizable. The main castle was rebuilt after the destruction in 1248 and 1310, the others remained ruined. From the main castle until today the stump of the keep, numerous walls, parts of the shield wall, the kennel plants, a tower and the ditch have been preserved. The reconstructed remains invite you to visit and linger.

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    • October 28, 2019

  • HAm

    Difficult way to find, even if the entry was discovered.
    Quite overgrown, but still a great way to get a look at the Hofgut Waldeck from above and to be right at the Waldeck ruins.

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    • August 12, 2019

  • Peter

    Beautiful castle ruins. My children had a lot of fun on the huge area and didn't want to leave it anymore!
    Only very high foundation walls still exist from the castle.
    We walked along the Alpine path from the train station. It was very drawn out and was ultimately relatively boring for my boys. They have already experienced more in the Black Forest!

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    • August 16, 2019

  • Jürgen aus Sifi

    I had not guessed that such a large castle exists here. Is worth seeing.

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    • October 3, 2019

  • MarcusH.

    Nice little rest area with the ruin in the background.

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    • October 27, 2019

  • Andreas Wurster

    Look back to the past ....

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    • November 3, 2019

  • haertera

    The winding walls of the ruin invite you to explore. There is a barbecue area and a small meadow. There is a lot going on here at the weekend. Many climbers come here for bouldering on the ruin and the surrounding sandstone cliffs.

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    • May 5, 2020

  • UweG

    The castle ruin Waldeck, located west of the Nagold Valley, is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved ruins in the wider area and one of the largest ruins in the Northern Black Forest. It belongs to the district of Calw-Stammheim. Here was the seat of the nobles from Waldeck, who were first mentioned in 1140. The Waldeck Castle is very heavily fortified on its western access side, you had to cross 7 ditches to get into the small courtyard.

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    • May 15, 2020

  • Carsten

    One should hike from bottom to top

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    • June 29, 2020

  • Carsten

    You should hike from the bottom up

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    • June 29, 2020

  • UweG

    The castle ruin Waldeck, located west of the Nagold Valley, is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved ruins in the wider area and one of the largest ruins in the Northern Black Forest. It belongs to the district of Calw-Stammheim. Here was the seat of the nobles from Waldeck, who were first mentioned in 1140. The Waldeck Castle is very heavily fortified on its western access side, you had to cross 7 ditches to get into the small forecourt.

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    • June 30, 2020

  • Bubu7168

    Very nice ruin. Ideal break place with grill and seating.

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    • July 5, 2020

  • Gilbert und Simone 🥾 🐷

    You look in vain for an entrance, but you are already right in the middle 😏

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    • August 29, 2020

  • Rika123

    The "Burgruine Waldeck" is located near Calw, Baden-Württemberg.
    - in the Nagoldtal
    - It is said to be one of the most beautiful and best preserved ruins in the wider area
    - built around 1100
    - So-called Höhenburg or Spornburg (see burg-ruinen.de/einleitung/höhenburg)
    - At the time of the current "Faustrecht" it was a dreaded knight's castle (see geschichtslehrer.in/contentLD/HI/MA30rRittertum.pdf)
    - only accessible on foot from Landesstraße 348 at the hotel "Teinachtal" near Neubulach ((2.5 km forest path, approx. 30 min.)
    - Free admission
    - s. also burgenarchiv.de/burg_waldeck_in_baden-wuerttemberg

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    • September 16, 2020

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