Lauvenburg Castle

Zülpich, Germany

Lauvenburg castle is a typical medieval castle, surrounded by water and in very good condition. The castle is situated on the outskirts of the village and appears very romantic with its old stock of trees. The moats of the two-part castle are still fed via the medieval mill-race, which was diverted from the Rotbach stream.

The fore-castle was reconstructed in new-gothic style after a fire in 1868. Behind a yard with a walled manure heap, flanked by farm-buildings, the main castle building stands in late-gothic style. The wooden gallery in the inside of the yard and the remains of high fortified walls at the front of the yard bear witness to violence in the past. In 1408 the castle was first recorded, as fiefdom and open-house of the Duke of Jülich, whose feudal vassals used it as a base for their livelihood as robber-barons. Although it was mostly owned by Cologne families, it appeared in 1603 on a list of knights' country seats.

It was reconstructed as a country residence in the 17th century by Privy Councillor Johann Heinrich Cramer von Clauspruch of the Palatinate. In 1760 it was sold to the French Couunt Latour, who was dispossessed by the French Revolution.

The castle has been privately owned until today.

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

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rolli 0815 (3 months ago)
Great sight. Everyone should have seen it.
Dark Fury (10 months ago)
Is completely beautiful there. I live there.
Guido Zinke (3 years ago)
Slawomir Golonka (4 years ago)
Located in a nice place
Selina Kenzler (6 years ago)
There we always pass the ride :)
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