Insel Wilhelmstein

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  • Kalle & Danny

    The island fortress Wilhelmstein is unique in Europe. Built in the midst of the Steinhuder Sea in the years 1761-67, it was at that time as impregnable, since the land side was surrounded by moor. The builder, Count Wilhelm zu Schaumburg-Lippe, equipped the buildings with numerous cannons for defense, the first German submarine was to complete the defense.
    The small miniature fortress in the Steinhuder Meer is a worthwhile excursion destination, to which the crossing with the motor sailboats of the Steinhuder Personenschifffahrt contributes decisively.
    Fortress Entrance:
    Adults: 3,50 €
    Groups: 3,00 € per person
    Children: 4 - 14 years € 1.50
    Crossing with the "emigrant"
    Adults: round trip € 7.00
    Children: 4 - 14 years 4.00 €
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    • October 2, 2017

  • Hohnebostel 🚔👮🏻‍♂️🕵️‍♂️

    The island was actually besieged in 1787 by the Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel. Due to the bog, the guns of the enemy could not reach the fortress. As later Hannover and Prussia promised support, the Hessians left again.

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    • June 23, 2018

  • Christian

    Wilhelmstein is an artificially created island. Between 1761 and 1767 Count Wilhelm zu Schaumburg-Lippe had the island with the fortress built. The fortress is star-shaped.

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    • June 29, 2019

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Location: Wunstorf, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany


  • Elevation40 m

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