In 1246 Count Friedrich von Hochstaden, provost of Xanten, donated the county with the castles Are, Hardt and Hochstaden to the archbishopric of Cologne with the consent of his brother Conrad of Are-Hochstaden. The extension buildings with extensive defensive wall were built in the Kurkölnischer time during the 14th and 15th century to protect the Kurkölnischen possessions in the Ahrgebiet. In the 16th and 17th centuries, there were only minor changes in the building fabric through repairs and replacement buildings. At times, the castle also served as a prison in which the archbishops of Cologne had imprisoned unwelcome opponents in order to make them docile. For a long time Burg Are was a spiritual and cultural center for the whole area.
The archbishops of Cologne pledged the castle Are more frequently with the office Altenahr. The pledgees were each used as stewards and often lived in the castle. For long periods of time, the structural condition of the castle complex was poor, as the pledgees could not carry out the necessary repairs. An exception with a structurally very good condition was the time of Heinrich von der Horst, who died in 1625.
1690, the castle was conquered for the first time after nine months of siege by French troops. The shelling had severely damaged the castle. 1697 withdrew the French, occupy the castle but from 1701 onwards Spanish War of Succession again. In 1706, the troops took over the castle and made the area unsafe. For this reason, Elector Joseph Clemens of Bavaria in 1714 blew up the walls in agreement with the villagers. Since then, the castle is a ruin. Still recyclable materials, such as wood and stones, served as building material for the new construction of the Amtshaus at the foot of the castle hill.
August 17, 2019
The castle Are is the listed ruin of a hilltop castle at 240 m above sea level. NHN above the town of Altenahr in Rhineland-Palatinate. It was built from 1095 to 1105 by Count Dietrich I of Are and first documented in 1121.
September 1, 2019
"The devil once sought out the valley of the Ahr and found so much favor of the land and its people, but above all of the excellent red wine, that he forgot his return home." One day approached him as he rested on the mountain opposite the Are Are his grandmother in the form of a beautiful maiden, she quickly turned back to the disgusting old man who was all too well known to him, and he savagely seized her grandmother and hurled her back down the cliff to hell The devil's hole was created, which can still be seen above Altenahr. "
April 16, 2018
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