Eicks Castle lies in the deep ravine of Bruchbach, virtually undisturbed by centuries in its romantic atmosphere. At first sight it appears to be a dream palace, which has always been a familiar stately home. The buildings comprise a two-part castle with moat, part of which has remained since medieval times. The fore-castle is a spacious three-wing building with two corner towers, built in 1680. The manor house is an oblique-angled rectangular building, framed by two protruding corner towers. In the cellar evidence of the original castle can be found.

Today Eicks Castle has the appearance of a baroque castle, which came after the original manor farm in the early 14th century. Like all the other castles, Eicks Castle often saw changes of ownership, although unlike most of them it was never disposed of.

During its long history, the castle only changed hands as a result of marriage or inheritance. In the early 17th century Eicks Castle was the property of an aristocratic family called Syberg. Franziska von Syberg, last of the house of Syberg, gave the estate to her nephew, Wilhelm, Baron von Hövel, in the 18th century. Today the castle is still owned by the von Hövels.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


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Maciej Jak (6 months ago)
Great view, but unfortunately closed, private area.
Leon Meyer (7 months ago)
It's just a wonderfully great castle
Helmut Kleinbauer (2 years ago)
From the outside a really magnificent complex with spacious green areas all around ... Good for hiking around (the whole area invites you to do so) ..... You are not allowed in! What a pity!!! If you are still interested in my travel information and recommendations, you will become my "" followers "" .... It gives me a lot of pleasure to share my good and sometimes bad experiences with happy and culturally interested people .... See you Greetings warmly Helmut
L onph (2 years ago)
Unfortunately only accessible during events ... A note on this would have been nice before arrival (e.g. opening times = closed)
Alejandro Beroldingen Geyr (3 years ago)
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