Burgruine Guttenberg

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  • Jonas Wind

    The small castle was, like many others, destroyed in the Palatinate Peasants' War. Only sparsely restored, it still offers a fantastic view over the southern Palatinate Forest and the adjacent Vosges. Below the ruin is a beautiful castle well.

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    • July 6, 2016

  • Anette

    Possibly the castle was first mentioned in 1151 as the Hohenstaufen empire castle, which was administered by the Ministerialen Landolfo de Gudenburc, or with Ulrich von Guttenberg (Udelricus de Gudenburhc), who donated in 1174 the monastery Eußerthal. Safe first mention is in 1246, when Isengard von Falkenstein, in exchange for her husband Reichstruchsess Philip I von Falkenstein, the castle to King Konrad IV handed over.
    From 1317, the castle was partly fief to the Counts of Leiningen, while the other half fell a little later to the Palatinate.
    In the Palatinate division of 1410, the castle Duke Stefan von Pfalz-Simmern-Zweibrücken was slammed. The Leininger lost in 1463 their share of ownership, which reached via the Hanau Lichtenberger to the wittelsbachische side line Palatinate Zweibrücken.
    In 1525 in the German Peasants' War Burg Guttenberg was destroyed by the Lorraine peasant heap. The ruin was not rebuilt
    Source and more info: Wikipedia

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    • July 25, 2017

  • Ein 🐟 namens Wander

    Walkable Felsenburg ruin with beautiful views over the Rhine plain and the Northern Vosges.

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    • August 21, 2016

  • Matthias Brandt

    Very nice castle ruins. The facility can be visited with a wonderful view of the Palatinate Forest. Only small parts of the castle have survived since it was used as a quarry after it was destroyed. Built on the top of the mountain, crowned by a rocky reef, it originally covered an area of approximately 50 x 25 meters. Of the three towers of the upper castle on the rock reef, only the keep is partially preserved. In addition, there are numerous beam and post holes in this area and the remains of a staircase carved into the rock, which once served as a connection to the lower castle. Parts of the surrounding wall, building foundations and a gate still exist.
    Today the rock of the Oberburg is a platform that allows a view of the Upper Mundatwald and the Rhine plain. (from: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burg_Guttenberg_(Pfalz)

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    • August 1, 2017

  • paul SUEW

    An enchanted ruin with a beautiful view and stop in Schützenhaus nearby

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    • January 11, 2017

  • Ralf

    The castle Guttenberg (rarely Guttenburg) is the ruin of a rock castle near the French border in the German part of the Wasgau, which belongs to the Palatinate Forest (Rhineland-Palatinate). Very nice view from the castle.

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    • January 18, 2017

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    • December 5, 2016

  • Armin

    Great view towards France in the south and Pälzer Bergland in the west.

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    • January 30, 2019

  • Armin

    Starting from Dörrenbach via a route steeped in history, you can easily reach the castle ruins. Numerous destroyed bunkers of the west wall are on the way.
    The view extends from the Rhine plain over the northern Vosges to the Palatinate Forest.
    The type of rock castle also reminiscent of the Drachenfels at Busenberg.

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    • February 4, 2019

  • Tzi

    The castle ruins Guttenberg is once again one of these enchanted castles 🏰 in the Palatinate, of which one knows far too little. Certainly nothing about how the proud structure once looked like.

    Despite the few remnants of the wall, it is always impressive what our forefathers were able to accomplish at that time. The origins of the castle go back to the second half of the 12th century. That's the year 1150, that's almost 870 years ago.

    If you want to know more about the history of the castle, I recommend the linked video from the Palatinate veteran Norbert Haugel. Unfortunately it was his last castle video. Unfortunately he is no longer with us. On all the castles for which he made his videos and on which I already was myself, I linked the video.

    And those I have not visited yet, I will visit to give his remaining videos a suitable stage. Have fun watching.

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    • April 23, 2019

  • michael

    Very idyllic location.

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    • March 2, 2017

  • 1Marianne PWV On Tour

    At the border to the Mundatwald was a former refuge, today there is the Ritterstein castle hut, after a possible descent from the Guttenberg ruin or directly below the ruin you get to the next Ritterstein Drei Buchen. There are of course three mighty beeches.

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    • July 24, 2017

  • Oliver Orth

    Insanely beautiful view and at the same time a breezy rest area.

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    • May 14, 2019

  • Ralf

    Very nice old ruin.
    Always good for a little break

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    • April 9, 2017

  • 1Marianne PWV On Tour

    There is not much left of the ruin Guttenberg, the Stäffelsberg tower can be seen.

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    • July 21, 2017

  • ARE

    An imposing ruin with a beautiful view.

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    • April 24, 2018

  • 1Marianne PWV On Tour

    In the immediate vicinity is the border with the French part of the Mundatwald.

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    • January 27, 2020

  • Armin

    Magnificent view of the Northern Vosges and the Palatinate mountains.

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    • January 30, 2019

  • 1Marianne PWV On Tour

    From the ruin Guttenberg is not so much to see except for a beautiful view.

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    • July 21, 2017

  • Volker♒

    Great view of the surrounding area

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    • May 1, 2019

  • ichbindannmaldraussen*

    A visit to the castle is worthwhile! Great view!
    There is more to see here:

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    • March 17, 2020

  • Numy

    Great view over the area

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    • June 20, 2019

  • Guenter

    It looks just like in the rest of the Palatinate Forest, only much fewer hikers. Also to be recommended as Mtb area.

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    • December 13, 2017

  • Tolik

    The castle is located as a high castle in the Upper Mundatwald about three kilometers west of Oberotterbach on the 503 meter high Schlossberg. The Hohe Derst (561 meters) to the northwest and the Hohe Kopf (497 meters) to the south are each one kilometer away. The Otterbach, a left tributary of the Rhine, rises on the northeast slope of the Schlossberg below the castle

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    • April 30, 2020


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