Leienfels Castle

Pottenstein, Germany

Leienfels Castle was a late medieval aristocratic castle, immediately northwest of the eponymous village of Leienfels in the region of Franconian Switzerland in Germany.

The ruins of the hill castle are freely accessible and act as a viewing point. The castle may be reached from the village of Leienfels by heading in a northwesterly direction. The site of the castle begins at the edge of the village.

In the vicinity, towards the west, lie the ruins of Bärnfels Castle, to the north, on the Bleistein near Graisch, is the site of Leuenstein Castle. To the southeast is the site of Leupoldstein Castle and, to the southwest, in the valley of the Trubach, were other castles, of which ruins or foundations (Burgställe) still exist.

History of the castle

The castle, whose name is probably derived from Löwenfels ('Lion Rock'), is one of the later castles to be built in Franconian Switzerland and may have been erected in the 14th century at the behest of Seibot I of Egloffstein, who is recorded between 1285 and 1332.

The castle itself is first mentioned in 1372. Lord Götz of Egloffstein had to give his part of the hitherto probably allodial castle to the Bishop of Bamberg after a feud.

In 1380 the castle was captured by troops of the Bishop of Bamberg and Burgrave Frederick V of Nuremberg. Götz of Egloffstein was taken prisoner and incarcerated in Nuremberg. His successor was also frequently involved in feuds. The castle was destroyed in 1397 on the orders of Emperor Wenceslaus.

In the Peasants' War the castle was badly damaged in 1525, but its garrison under Otto of Mengersdorf was able to prevent it being taken. The restoration of the castle was carried out immediately. In 1553, during the Second Margrave War, it was again seriously damaged. Its reconstruction was carried out more slowly this time. In 1594, Leienfels was incorporated into the episcopal Amt of Pottenstein. By 1610, the site was already being described as uninhabitable. In 1643, during the Thirty Years' War the repair of the castle was no longer considered to be worthwhile. In 1646, the bricks were of the surviving buildings were carried off and the site left to decay.



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

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David Virgo (2 years ago)
Well worth a visit but food in restaurant leaves a lot to be desired.
Patty Campbell (3 years ago)
The castle is closed in the winter, but it was very pretty!
Alicia Petersen Davis (3 years ago)
It took us a while as amateur hikers but we got there! The trail from the spot where we parked our car was definitely longer than 1,1 Kms, but it was really worth it at the end, just be careful with the stairs during winter time, they get super icy and slippery.
Saurav Karna (4 years ago)
A good place to visit. Bit remote. The view is beautiful. If you are hungry there is a restaurant nearby which welcomes you with delicious German food.
Helena Kliwison (4 years ago)
Astonishing view. Perfect for a short walk. Well renovated:) Unfortunately there is no parking near the castle. We parked the car near the exit of the town at the road.
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