At an altitude of 470 meters above sea level you look in a southeasterly direction over the historic castle town of Reifferscheid. The town includes the castle with the outer bailey and the castle ring and the valley settlement at the foot of the castle.
The first written mention of Reifferscheid dates back to 1106. Almost as old are the oldest parts of the castle. The current ruin was once a proud castle, which belonged to the rule of the Counts of Salm-Reifferscheid. The powerful noble family had considerable possessions in the Eifel and the Lower Rhine and had great influence in church and state.
In the course of the French occupation, the castle was expropriated in 1805 and auctioned. Changing owners use the plant in the subsequent period as a quarry. So only the keep was preserved, which today is the property of the community Hellenthal.
April 29, 2019
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