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Starkenburg

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  • Sebastian Kowalke

    The Starkenburg stands on the 295 meter high Schlossberg and offers a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape. The fort was built in the middle of the 11th century as protection for the Lorsch Abbey. Until 1765, the castle provided protection for the monks and inhabitants of the southern mountain road, after which it was abandoned. The castle decayed over time and only at the beginning of the 20th century began restoration work. Several parts of the building had to be blown up due to dilapidation. Among other things, the old keep was blown up and replaced by a new building. Today, only a few of the old buildings are left, most buildings are new or replicas. In the castle today is a youth hostel and a nice Burgschänke. Here you can visit the castle courtyard, the keep and parts of the defensive wall.

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    • December 21, 2017

  • Andy

    On the mountain road above Heppenheim on the castle hill castle with great views.

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    • June 28, 2018

  • Serdar 🚲 😎😁

    In summer months, it is beautiful and in clear weather you have a nice wide view ..

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    • May 19, 2019

  • Diana Perez - A .

    Fantastic view from the castle

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    • April 16, 2021

  • Ein 🐟 namens Wander

    Castle with youth hostel.
    There are bookable tours.
    heppenheim.de/heppenheim-erleben/sehenswuerdigkeiten/starkenburg
    The castle tavern is also not to be despised!

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    • August 26, 2017

  • Karin

    The ascent to the castle is worth it alone because of the good view up there

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    • September 11, 2018

  • Scholze Paul

    From the Starkenburg you have a great view over the Rhine plain (when the weather is nice :-))

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    • November 21, 2020

  • Diana Perez - A .

    Beautiful castle, especially the Starkenburg Festival is always great

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    • April 16, 2021

  • Stefan

    Good view from the keep

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    • September 14, 2016

  • Michael

    Very imposing castle with a beautiful view of Heppenheim

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    • November 5, 2017

  • Manuela

    A great view over Heppenheim.

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    • November 14, 2020

  • Gesine Keller

    Below the castle, the proposed path was no longer found. Therefore, I had to change the route at the point and I walked directly through the vineyards down towards the city. The route through the forest does not give so much. The first section of the hike is indeed a highlight despite the paved paths.

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    • August 20, 2019

  • Bergfeuerjack

    A great castle. It is also well lit at night

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    • December 28, 2019

  • Manuela

    Great castle complex. Too bad that a visit is currently not possible.

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    • December 29, 2019

  • Pete

    A historic place with a great view of Heppenheim and the surrounding area

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    • July 17, 2020

  • Pete

    Here you breathe history and can relax with a break and enjoy the wonderful view.

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    • September 1, 2020

  • Scholze Paul

    Historic castle of the city of Heppenheim and protective castle of Lorsch Abbey

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    • November 21, 2020

  • 🇺🇦Uwe 🏃‍♂️1098🏍

    The Starkenburg is really impressive, well preserved or restored and an amazing view from the tower!

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    • June 3, 2021

  • Kornelia

    One of the most striking castles on the mountain road

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    • May 19, 2019

  • Doro K.

    In the courtyard there are tables and benches for rest, partly in the shade

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    • August 26, 2019

  • Radolino

    very beautiful old walls

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    • August 7, 2021

  • 🇺🇦✌️Gisela💚☮

    The castle was built in 1065 to protect the Lorsch Monastery. At first the name was Burcheldon. The name Starkimberg was first mentioned in 1206. In the eventful history of the monastery, the castle has always offered refuge and protection for the monks.
    As the second strongest fortress in the Electorate of Mainz, it covered the Mainzer Bergstrasse. In 1765 the castle was abandoned and fell into disrepair.
    On Wednesday, October 22, 1924, the dilapidated keep of the Starkenburg was blown up at 2:45 p.m. The blasting of the structure with a wall thickness of up to three meters in the basement was a major action: 1500 cubic meters of stones had to be blown away.
    If the demolition of the old, originally 28 meter high, keep was unavoidable due to its structural condition, the new construction of the keep, which was completed by 1930 (with the exception of the spire that was not put on until 1957), was an avoidable violation of the interests of monument protection.

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    • January 7, 2022

  • 🇺🇦Schlofwandler🕊️

    Unfortunately everything is currently closed (Corona). But it's definitely nice here.

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    • December 22, 2020

  • Veronika 2020

    The castle with the youth hostel is really impressive. A great location, well preserved - the ascent is a bit crisp, however, when you come from Heppenheim. The outdoor catering was open today.

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    • June 3, 2021


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Location: Heppenheim (Bergstraße), Bergstraße, Darmstadt, Darmstadt District, Hesse, Germany

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