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The mountain was already used for protection from the invading Teutons in Roman times in the 3rd and 4th centuries. The mountain was built on for the first time with a Celtic refuge.
The Montclair Castle was completed at the same time as the sister castle Meinsberg in Manderen in 1439.
After the builder's death in 1455, the castle was no longer looked after, with the exception of renovations between 1581 and 1583. It remained uninhabited. In the warlike days of the 17th century, Montclair was hardly mentioned again. In 1621 the castle was largely in ruins.
In 1833, Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm IV, known as a romantic, visited the Montclair ruins and ordered the castle to be restored.
In 1870 the castle became the property of the privy councilor Eugen von Boch. Eugen von Boch wanted to continue the renovation work as well as on the "Old Tower" in Mettlach.
The castle was under fire in 1945 when German soldiers stationed themselves on the castle tower for defense. The battlements of the higher tower were destroyed. Likewise the connecting bridges between the towers.
In 1991, the von Boch family left the Montclair castle ruins to the Merzig-Wadern district.
The castle is on winter break from November 4, 2019 to April 3, 2020.
December 23, 2019
At the castle Montclair (inner courtyard) there is a small snack, where you can take coffee and cake. There is also a toilet and many seats with tables, where you can eat your own. To get to the top of the castle and to get into the tower you have to pay admission.
September 19, 2019
Montclair Castle is a medieval castle ruin near Mettlach, a municipality in the Merzig-Wadern district. The castle was one of the most important fortifications on the lower Saar in the Middle Ages and served to control the river as a traffic artery.
October 28, 2021
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