Mountain Biking Highlight
The effort of the ascent, whether on foot or by bike, is rewarded by the magnificent view.
The ruins of the summit castle lie on the summit of the 524 m high stubble mountain in the Kuppenrhön, the rest of a volcanic vent that originated in the Miocene. The keep of Hauneck Castle is based on hexagonal basalt columns that were created when the lava cooled; they appear at the base of the keep.
History of Hauneck Castle:
Built by the Knights of Haun, around the 14th century / headquarters in Burghaun
1402 First documented mention / conquest and partial destruction by the Hessian landgrave Hermann
1409 The landgrave finally acquires the castle through a sales contract with Johann and Heinrich Haun.
1469 Second destruction by the lords of Buchenau
1483 rebuilt as the seat of a Hessian bailiff by the Landgrave of Hesse-Marburg
1660 Relinquishment of the office and relocation to Holzheim
Decaying in the time that followed.
The castle ruins had to be closed on August 1, 1981 due to the risk of collapse.
On May 20, 1982, after extensive renovation, the now secure castle ruin with walk-in keep was reopened. Since then, the ruin has been accessible again and has a beautiful viewpoint.
Source: Wikipedia and schloss-buchenau.de
September 25, 2019
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