But an idyllic and historic vantage point with fantastic views of the Elbe.The trade route Old Salt Road was for a long time of enormous importance for the trade, he connected the two Hanseatic cities Luebeck and Lueneburg. At the Elbe crossing near Schnakenbek, opposite Artlenburg, stood the fortification Ertheneburg. The castle was first mentioned in 1106 and was owned for a long time by the noble families Guelph and Ascanians. Henry the Lion stayed several times on the Erthenburg and made the castle the site of important political decisions. So he issued in 1163 on a state parliament in the Erthenburg the Artlenburg privilege, the Bishop Udo of Halberstadt was imprisoned here by the Guelph Duke and 1181, the castle was set on fire by Henry himself when this was on the run from Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Then the castle was cleared by Bernhard of Saxony and used the building material for the construction of Lauenburg.
From the remains of the castle, which are still visible today, their original form is no longer recognizable. The old ramparts and the arched ramparts suggest the former size of the castle. Idyllically grown in the northern German mixed forest, the journey into the Middle Ages becomes a nature experience.
October 5, 2018
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