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The castle ruins Waldeck is the ruin of a summit castle on the approximately 641 meter high basalt cone of the Waldecker Schlossberg. It was one of the oldest castles in the Upper Palatinate. 1124 Burg Waldeck was first mentioned in documents. It was owned by the landgraves of Leuchtenberg, who sold the castle in 1283 with parts of the surrounding Waldeck estate to Duke Ludwig of Bavaria. After 1329, the castle belonged to the Kurpräzipium the Palatine Wittelsbacher.
The remaining parts of the rule Waldeck (including the castle Weissenstein) sold the counts of Leuchtenberg to Burggraf Friedrich III. from Nuremberg.
Until 1698 the castle was the seat of the Landgericht Waldeck-Kemnath. In the War of Spanish Succession, the castle was besieged by imperial troops, captured in October 1704 and demolished by order of Emperor Joseph I. Although the castle was rebuilt, but it burned out in 1794 and has since been a ruin. Since about 1982, the ruins have been excavated and restored.