Plankenfels is located at the eastern entrance to the Franconian Switzerland. In the middle of the rock, forest and river landscapes, a picturesque picture emerges around the village. The place is still part of the Upper Wiesenttal. Two rivers, the Lochau and the Truppach, flow into the formative third, the Wiesent.
Northeast of Plankenfels in 481 meters altitude is the Plankenstein castle stable.
The former castle was a strategic hill fort; From there one could observe the old army road that connected Nuremberg with Leipzig. On the way to Plankenfels, the Burggraf of Nuremberg had the escort law, from here to Kainach the Bishop of Bamberg. The fortress was very important: at the risk of war fourteen knights of the surrounding castles had to do service with their families.
The Plankenstein keep is the remnant of the abandoned medieval Plankenstein castle. It lies above the Plankenstein district at the highest point on the plank stone of the same name in the Upper Franconian town of Plankenfels in Bavaria, Germany. The castle, which was built during the 13th century and existed until the 15th century, preserves very few remnants of the building fabric. It was originally the ancestral seat of a noble sex and later came to the Bishopric of Bamberg. From the freely accessible castle stable offers an impressive view of the Franconian Switzerland.
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