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  • Timber

    In the Reichsburg are three separate, separated by section trenches medieval fortifications. These castles are called upper, middle and lower castle. With a length of over 600 meters and a width of around 60 meters, they form one of the largest castles in Germany. Together with the castle museum and the Kyffhäuser monument located in the castle grounds, the castle is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Germany, which is well known especially by the Barbarossa or Kyffhäuser legend.

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    • July 17, 2019

  • Cornell Paasche

    The Barbarossaturm in the center of the upper castle has been very well renovated. It was once 30 m high, of which 17 m are still preserved today. Inside there are two showrooms. The Erfurt Gate and the deepest castle fountain in the world are among the surviving remains of the upper castle.

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    • July 24, 2018

  • Manuuu

    Definitely worth a visit. It has a great view over the Golden Aue to the Harz (Brocken)

    Worth knowing about the monument can be found ---> deutsche-schutzgebiete.de/wordpress/kyffhaeuserdenkmal

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    • September 28, 2019

  • JR56

    Die Oberburg war mit einer Länge von rund 350 Metern die größte Burganlage der einstigen Reichsburg Kyffhausen. Alle noch vorhandenen Ruinen im unteren Teil der Oberburg wurden beim Denkmalbau Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts zerstört. Da man keine Aufzeichnungen über die Lage der Ruinen und die Art der Gebäudereste machte, gingen auf diese Weise wertvolle Informationen für immer verloren.

    Nur wenige Bauwerke der einstigen Oberburg sind noch heute zu sehen. Diese befinden sich alle im gut erhaltenen westlichen Teil der Burganlage.

    Das auffälligste Gebäude der Oberburg ist der Stumpf des Barbarossaturms. Seit Jahrhunderten prägt dieser Bergfried das Gesicht des Burgberges und der Ruine der Burg Kyffhausen. In der Stauferzeit wurde der Barbarossaturm als Wohnturm und letzte Zufluchtstätte errichtet und war damals etwa 30 Meter hoch. Mit einer Mauerstärke von 3 Metern im unteren Bereich und einem Eingang in 10 Meter Höhe war er seinerzeit praktisch uneinnehmbar. In den 90er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts wurde der Barbarossaturm aufwendig saniert.

    Ein weiterer gut erhaltener Teil der Oberburg ist das auch als "Erfurter Tor" bezeichnete Burgtor. Es ist ein einfaches Kammertor und besitzt keine der typischen Verteidigungsanlagen wie Zugbrücke oder Gußlöcher. Sein Schutz erfolgte über die Wehrgänge der hier rechtwinklig zum Tor verlaufenden Burgmauern. Das Burgtor ist historisch besonders wertvoll, da es noch in seiner ursprünglichen romanischen Form erhalten ist.

    Eine besondere Attraktion ist der Burgbrunnen. Er ist 176 Meter tief und damit der tiefste Burgbrunnen Deutschlands. Der Brunnen wurde in reiner und jahrzehntelanger Handarbeit in den Felsen geschlagen. In den 30er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts wurde der bis dahin verschüttete Brunnen freigelegt und restauriert. Seit dieser Zeit können die Besucher der Burg wieder einen Blick über den Brunnenrand in die Tiefe riskieren. Es ist immer wieder beeindruckend, zu beobachten, wie lange einer der hier käuflich erwerbbaren und anschließend in den Brunnen geworfenen Steine benötigt, um bis zum Grundwasser zu gelangen.

    harzlife.de/harzrand/kyffhausen_oberburg.html

    • December 10, 2019

  • Yoda80

    open from Apr.-Oct., daily 9: 30-18: 00, Nov-Mar, 10: 00-17: 00, adults 7,50 €, children up to 6 free.

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    • August 10, 2018

  • Clara

    A must for all history-interested people!

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    • August 22, 2018

  • Ferienwohnung Fietkau

    The view from the monument is overwhelming, whoever has the opportunity, even at night, when it is lit.

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    • November 18, 2018

  • 🚴‍♂️ Teuto Radler Stukenbrock 🚴‍♂️

    So much history. Here you just have to be seen.

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    • September 19, 2017

  • Wanderkaiser Opilio Martinus I.

    The Kyffhäuser Monument is always worth a visit. Absolute highlight is it if you hike it in the context of the approximately 37 km long Kyffhäuserweges.

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    • May 22, 2018

  • Sachsen Onkel

    It was inaugurated in 1936, overturned and buried after the war ended in 1945, re-discovered in 2004. The legal conditions are not clear it is still half dug there.

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    • May 8, 2017

  • Susanne

    Here is the deepest castle fountain in the world with 176 m depth. On an information board more castle wells are shown in comparison. With this one can also stones (in the adjoining machine available) interject, it is a kind of hands-on game for children. Very funny, because the caveman then speaks to you: D

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    • July 14, 2018

  • Ferienwohnung Fietkau

    Absolutely up and enjoy the view !!! The tower is of course the highlight, but there is much more to discover on the whole area and in the area. Also very impressive at night when the monument is illuminated.

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    • November 18, 2018

  • Timber

    In the Reichsburg are three separate, separated by section trenches medieval fortifications. These castles are called upper, middle and lower castle. With a length of over 600 meters and a width of around 60 meters, they form one of the largest castles in Germany. Together with the castle museum and the Kyffhäuser monument located in the castle grounds, the castle is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Germany, which is well known especially by the Barbarossa or Kyffhäuser legend.

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    • July 17, 2019

  • Sachsen Onkel

    At the foot of the Kyffhäuser monument is in a historic building a hotel with restaurant, worthwhile locality.

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    • May 7, 2017

  • Sachsen Onkel

    Impressive ruin of a ring wall surrounded by approx. 100 m. On the north side the wall still has its original size of over 10 m.

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    • May 8, 2017

  • Clara

    The old imperial castle Kyffhausen, once one of the largest castles in the Middle Ages ...

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    • August 22, 2018

  • Timber

    Barbarossa

    Old Barbarossa,
    The Emperor Friederich,
    In the subterranean castle
    He keeps enchanting himself.

    He never died,
    He still lives in it now;
    He hid in the castle
    Sat down to sleep.

    He went down
    The kingdom glory,
    And will come back someday,
    With her, in his time.

    The chair is ivory,
    Then the emperor sits;
    The table is jam,
    On what his head he supports.

    His beard is not from flax,
    He is of fire-fire,
    Has grown through the table,
    What his head is resting on.

    He nods as if in a dream
    His eye half open winks;
    And according to a long room
    He waves to a boy.

    He speaks to the boy in his sleep:
    Go to the castle, O dwarf,
    And look, if there are the ravens
    Fly around the mountain.

    And if the old ravens
    Still fly,
    So I have to sleep too
    Enchants a hundred years.

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    • July 17, 2019

  • Johnny

    The Kyffhäuser monument (also Barbarossadenkmal) is an emperor William monument in the Kyffhaeuser mountains in the area of the former imperial castle Kyffhausen in the district of Steinthaleben in Thuringia Kyffhäuserkreis. The 81 m high monument was erected between 1890 and 1896 in honor of Emperor Wilhelm I and is the third largest monument in Germany after the Monument to the Battle of Leipzig and the Kaiser Wilhelm monument at the Porta Westfalica.
    Source and more: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyffh%C3%A4userdenkmal

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    • November 30, 2016

  • Sachsen Onkel

    The monument was erected in honor of Emperor Wilhelm I in the years 1890-1896.

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    • May 8, 2017

  • Susanne

    You can not only go outside the tower a bit to have a great view, but it is really worth going in there. On many steps one reaches helically upwards. A little exhausting but worthwhile. The tower also houses a small museum with information.

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    • July 14, 2018

  • Rainer und Cornelia

    A super monument and a castle must visit for each of the Kyffhäuser

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    • February 10, 2019

  • Timber

    The epitome of German history. At some point Emperor Barbarossa will be resurrected lt. Sage .... whoever stands here, even believes it ... great and great views

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    • June 3, 2019

  • Sarah

    For a short trip to the free this way is really recommended. It's easy to walk up a small hill but it's no longer than 10 minutes. From Kiffhäuser you have a great view and the way is also great signposted. !! Recommended for a little break.

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    • May 24, 2018

  • Ferienwohnung Fietkau

    The view into the fountain is breathtaking. Must see!!!

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    • November 18, 2018


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