Burg Monschau

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  • Guido

    The castle Monschau serves as a youth hostel, as well as for various events.

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    • January 1, 2017

  • Mike 🇪🇺

    The well-preserved castle serves as a youth hostel and as a venue for the Monschau Classic.
    The castle courtyard and the towers are always freely accessible.

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    • July 9, 2018

  • Hagi31

    The castle Monschau was probably built at the beginning of the 13th century. In the middle of the 14th century, the complex was expanded and enclosed by mighty ring walls and battlements. This almost impregnable fortress of the mighty counts of Jülich was besieged with heavy gun by Emperor Charles V in 1543 and finally captured, the city looted. The castle was only repaired to expand the fortification of the lower castle.

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    • August 27, 2017

  • Hagi31

    The castle Monschau was probably built at the beginning of the 13th century. In the middle of the 14th century, the complex was expanded and enclosed by mighty ring walls and battlements. This almost impregnable fortress of the mighty counts of Jülich was besieged with heavy gun by Emperor Charles V in 1543 and finally captured, the city looted. The castle was only repaired to expand the fortification of the lower castle.

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    • November 1, 2017

  • Si&YY

    The castle Monschau was probably built at the beginning of the 13th century. In the middle of the 14th century, the complex was expanded and enclosed by mighty ring walls and battlements. This almost impregnable fortress of the powerful counts of Jülich was besieged in 1543 by Emperor Charles V with heavy guns and finally captured, the city looted. The castle was only repaired to expand the fortification of the lower castle.

    The French acquired the castle as national property and sold it. However, the private owners could not keep the extensive facility. They had the roofs removed in 1836/37 to be freed from the building tax. So the castle quickly fell into ruin. It was not until the turn of the century that the province tried to stop the decline. The castle was secured, repaired and renewed.

    After the First World War, a youth hostel moved into the west wing. Thus the castle Monschau remains alive and inviting as "Jugendburg". Christo even packed her in 1971, and she becomes the highlight of Monschau when the castle and the city are lit up.

    In summer, the inner courtyard of the castle becomes an atmospheric backdrop for the "Monschau Klassik". Then the performances of well-known artists and renowned orchestras turn the castle into a veritable mecca for opera fans.

    SOURCE: eifel.de/go/sehenswertes-detail/burg_monschau.html

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    • October 27, 2017

  • Mike 🇪🇺

    The well-preserved castle serves as a youth hostel and as a venue for the Monschau Classic.
    The castle courtyard and the towers are always freely accessible.

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    • July 9, 2018

  • Stephan N

    About castle Monschau
    Above the tranquil town of Monschau is the castle Monschau, which now houses a youth hostel.
    The castle Monschau was first mentioned in 1217 and was built to protect the nearby monastery Reichenstein by the Counts of Montjoie.
    From the castle are preserved the keep as well as the portal to the main castle.
    In the 14th century, the castle was completely rebuilt, the main castle was surrounded by ring walls and battlements. Preserved are the west wing with the Knight's Hall and the Palas. Later, the outer bailey was built with the huge Torburg and 4 towers. In 1517, the north side received the donkey tower for further protection.
    In 1543, the castle was partially destroyed during the Jülich feud and 1689 completely.
    In 1899, the municipality of Monschau bought the castle and thus secured the existence of the building.
     Monschau, located south of Aachen in the Eifel, offers the visitor not only the castle, but also within the town many historic buildings and remains of a city wall.
    Worth seeing is also the rock cellar with beer museum. The place is not only known in the region, which of course has the consequence that one has to expect on weekends in fine weather with numerous visitors. But this has the advantage that the place - in addition to all the sights - also has a diverse and good gastronomy.

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    • May 27, 2019

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    The castle Monschau was probably built at the beginning of the 13th century. In the middle of the 14th century, the complex was expanded and enclosed by mighty ring walls and battlements. This almost impregnable fortress of the powerful counts of Jülich was besieged in 1543 by Emperor Charles V with heavy guns and finally captured, the city looted. The castle was only repaired to expand the fortification of the lower castle.
    The French acquired the castle as national property and sold it. However, the private owners could not keep the extensive facility. They had the roofs removed in 1836/37 to be freed from the building tax. So the castle quickly fell into ruin. It was not until the turn of the century that the province tried to stop the decline. The castle was secured, repaired and renewed.
    After the First World War, a youth hostel moved into the west wing. Thus the castle Monschau remains alive and inviting as "Jugendburg". Christo even packed her in 1971, and she becomes the highlight of Monschau when the castle and the city are lit up.
    In summer, the inner courtyard of the castle becomes the atmospheric backdrop for the "Monschau Festival". Then the performances of well-known artists and renowned orchestras turn the castle into a veritable mecca for opera fans.

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    • May 28, 2019

  • Ela Ado

    A beautiful castle with a great view of Monschau

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    • May 13, 2018

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    The castle Monschau is a mountain castle, so it is located on a natural hill.

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    • May 20, 2018

  • Anja

    In the castle is a youth hostel. Here you can spend a cheap night.

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    • June 11, 2019

  • Detlef Black

    Walkable castle with youth hostel

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    • June 22, 2019

  • Jo

    You should have seen it!

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    • December 31, 2017

  • Bumble-Bee

    There is a youth hostel in the castle. For this reason, you can not visit the building unfortunately.

    But also the visit of the inner court and the fantastic view of the city are worthwhile!

    (Https://monschau.de/de/erleben/sehenswuerdigkeiten-entdecken/Burg-Monschau-15d)

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    • August 8, 2019

  • Marv

    A great old town with a long history, there is a lot to see and it's just fairytale. 👍

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    • May 22, 2018

  • Marv

    A great old town with a long history, there is a lot to see and it's just fairytale. 👍

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    • May 22, 2018

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Location: Monschau, Aachen, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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