Bike Touring Highlight
Pappenheim Castle towers over the small but charming town of Pappenheim. From the keep you have a wonderful view of the city and the enchanting landscape. The castle is the ancestral seat of the Counts of Pappenheim, who were once Imperial Marshals of the Holy Roman Empire. The most famous offspring of this family is Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, who was also called "Schrammhans" due to the many scars he had acquired in battle. He fought under Wallenstein in the Thirty Years' War and was mortally wounded in the Battle of Lützen, where the Swedish king, Gustav-Adolf, also died. Schiller made the name Pappenheim known through his work "Wallenstein" by putting the sentence "This is how I recognize my Pappenheimer" into the general's mouth. This sentence stood not only for the courage and bravery of the Pappenheim cuirassiers, which Graf Pappenheim commanded, but also for their loyalty to the king and sincerity. Today the sentence is used in its shortened form "I know my Pappenheimer".
August 2, 2020
The road up to the castle is steep and large cobblestone streets. It shakes a lot. But the climb is worth it, the castle is really worth seeing.
Is privately owned, the annual ticket of the Bavarian Palace and Lake Administration is unfortunately not valid here.
July 10, 2020
It is not only the view that makes the steep approach over large cobblestones worthwhile, it is also the long history of the castle, which is presented in a small museum. The castle itself is a hghlight, from the 1,000 year old keep to the torture chamber.
There is also a nature and hunting museum, which is interesting because it shows the wildlife native to the Altmühltal.
During our visit in July 2020, the restaurant was closed and there was no indication when or if it would open again at all.
July 10, 2020
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