Bike Touring Highlight
From the Ertheneburg in the 11th and 12th century, the ford over the Elbe was controlled. The salt from the Salinen Lünebutgs was brought on covered wagons over the Old Salt Road to Lübeck. Today, the ramparts with moat, which includes a plateau in a semicircle, is still present. With wooden palisades on the ramparts, the ramparts were additionally secured. Towards the Elbe, the terrain drops steeply. From there you have a beautiful view of Artlenburg and the confluence of the Elbe side canal in the Elbe.
An idyllic and historic vantage point with fantastic views of the Elbe.The trade route Old Salt Road was for a long time of enormous importance for the trade, he connected the two Hanseatic cities Lübeck and Lüneburg. At the Elbe crossing at Schnakenbek, opposite Artlenburg, stood the fortification Ertheneburg. The castle was first mentioned in 1106 and was owned for a long time by the noble families Welfen and Askanier. Henry the Lion stayed several times on the Erthenburg and made the castle the site of important political decisions. So he issued in 1163 on a state parliament in the Erthenburg the Artlenburg privilege, the Bishop Udo of Halberstadt was imprisoned here by the Guelph Duke and 1181, the castle was set on fire by Henry himself when this was on the run from Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. After that, the castle was demolished by Bernhard of Saxony and used the building material for the construction of Lauenburg.From the remains of the castle, which are still visible today, their original form is no longer recognizable. The old ramparts and the arched ramparts suggest the former size of the castle. Idyllically grown in the northern German mixed forest, the journey into the Middle Ages becomes a nature experience.herzogtum-lauenburg.de/a-ertheneburg