Saturday, June 22, 2013

The devil's in the details, or at least he's on the wall at Nanstein Castle

The devil! He's in the details...of the wall.
 Information about visiting the castle

In March, I visited the Nanstein Castle ruins in Landstuhl with my German class. It's a castle that has been built, knocked down, rebuilt, etc. Wash, rinse, repeat. I guess that sounds a bit flippant but it's so strange to see a historic looking castle and find out that it's a replica or was rebuilt from the ruins. Obviously Germany has had a very tumultuous history.

Burg Nanstein was built in approximately 1162, per Frederick I's (Barbarossa) orders. One famous resident was German knight Franz von Sickingen, who took over the castle in 1504. He is considered one of Germany's last knights.

The castle is being restored from the ruins. It's possible to visit the ruins for about 3 euros.

Sea serpent, anyone?

Sickingen died in this room after he was injured when the castle was besieged.

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