The Winterstein, also called the Hinteres Raubschloss, is an isolated, elongated rock massif in the hinterland of Saxon Switzerland in East Germany. On the summit there was once a medieval castle, of which remains such as rebates for timber beams, hewn-out steps and cisterns are still visible. It was probably built by Berka von Dubá noble family in the 13th century. 

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Sven Drechsel (3 years ago)
it is not that easy to get up there, but the view with which you are rewarded is incredibly beautiful and absolutely worthwhile!
Michael Dietrich (3 years ago)
Great view. Not quite as crowded as some other rocks. Relatively many ladders for ascent / descent, whoever likes it ?
Vera Adamcikova (3 years ago)
Beautiful views a little more challenging way But the views are worth ...
Glen Grande (3 years ago)
Really very impressive, just the way there. The sandstone rocks ..., awesome.
Tawny Owl (6 years ago)
A good climb. Fantastic. Fairy tale landscape. Breath-taking view from the top.
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