Gößweinstein Castle

Gößweinstein, Germany

Gößweinstein Castle a medieval hilltop castle in Gößweinstein in the county of Forchheim in the German state of Bavaria. It towers high above the market town and the River Wiesent and may have been the inspiration for Richard Wagner's grail castle in his opera, Parsifal.

The castle was probably named after its founder, Count Gozwin. He was killed in 1065, after he had invaded the territory of the Bishop of Würzburg. The first record of Goswinesteyn castle is dated to 1076. At that time, Emperor Henry IV had Bishop Burchard II of Halberstadt, who had become embroiled in the Saxon Rebellion, incarcerated there, a fact which suggests it was already a strong fortress.

From the time of Bishop Otto of Bamberg there is evidence that the castle became part of the Bamberg estate. From 1348 to 1780 it was the seat of a vogtei under the bishops of Bamberg.

In 1525, during the Peasants' War it was destroyed and rebuilt. During the Second Margrave War in 1553 the castle was again destroyed and later rebuilt.

The castle became a Bavarian possession as a result of secularisation of the Bishopric of Bamberg in 1803. The Bavarian state sold the castle in 1875 to Pauline Rabeneck, a landowning widow from the Manor (Rittergut) of Aspach near Uffenheim. In 1890 Baron Edgar of Sohlern purchased the castle and had it remodelled in the Neogothic style. The castle chapel also has Late Gothic statues.

The castle is still in the hands of the von Sohlen family. It houses a medieval museum which may be visited for a small entrance fee and there is a beer garden and terrace with good views over the Wiesent valley and village of Gößweinstein.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Heinz Peter (14 months ago)
Wonderfully renovated 11th century castle, decorated with armour and weapons from the olde days of yore. Charming little beergarden facing south, sunshine guaranteed, serving coffees, cake, wine and beer. Great for a break after some hiking. A must!
Necati Alkan (2 years ago)
Very nice town with a beautiful castle!
Oug Dubya (4 years ago)
Very interesting castle. The owners have done a nice job restoring and bringing to life a medieval experience. Interesting to walk around rooms and corridors. Outstanding views as well as a nice friendly kiosk to grab a snack and refreshments. The trails around the area are exceptional.
Michelle Dimeck (4 years ago)
Yes, it's only 4 euros to stand in private grounds with the most tremendous views of Gossweinstein +plus a little vista of what life was like back then. Little walk up, not steep and the beer garden so worth it. Such a beautiful village. Lovely staff too!
Fatangare Amol (6 years ago)
Nice castle, very beautiful view over the Goessweinstein and landscape, Nice people, so...Worth a visit!
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