Built in the middle of the 12th century and totally destroyed between 1420 - 1455. There is a cistern and a side entrance to the former residential buildings. Some of the foundations of the residential buildings and the drawbridge have been preserved.
January 26, 2018
There are only a few remains of the Beilstein castle ruins, but it was nice to admire this highlight,
The natural and cultural monument Burgruine Beilstein is one of the smaller imperial ministerial castles. The rock castle is located about two kilometers east of Kaiserslautern on the B37 (to Hochspeyer), 313 m above sea level. NN. The ruin probably owes its name to the hatchet shape of the castle rock.
Probably in the 12th century Duke Friedrich II. Of Swabia ("Duke Friedrich the One-Eyed") had the castle built. In 1185 it was mentioned that the castle was owned by the Ministerial Merbodo von Beilstein.In 1212 Merbodo von Beilstein sealed the seal together with his brother Wernher von Wartenberg as a witness in the Wilenstein renunciation, in 1234 King Heinrich VII allowed the rebuilding of the Castrum Bylenstein.Between 1420 and 1455 the castle was violently destroyed. There was no rebuilding. The ruins passed into Flörsheimer and Electoral Palatinate ownership. In 1464 a Beilsteiner was mentioned for the last time with the Hochstiftisch Speyer kitchen master Hans von Bilenstein. After the Flörsheimers died out in 1665, the castle completely became the property of the Electoral Palatinate.Around 1900 the Palatinate Beautification Association cleared part of the site and implemented security measures. However, archaeological find areas were partly destroyed as a result. At the end of the 1950s, excavations proved that a complex must have existed before it was first mentioned, the dimensions of which were apparently much larger than the part of the complex that is preserved today, which essentially consists of the masonry of the keep.Beilstein Castle has been owned by the city of Kaiserslautern since around 1990.
December 14, 2020
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