Bertradaburg Castle

Mürlenbach, Germany

The Bertradaburg is a ruined hill castle on a rock spur above the village of Mürlenbach in the county of Vulkaneifel. The castle was built on the remains of a Roman castrum, which probably guarded the Roman road from Trier to Cologne. In the castle, according to local tradition, Bertrada, the mother of Charlemagne is said to have lived which implies that his birth was around 747 AD. The existence of the castle is first recorded in the 13th century when it is mentioned as a state fortress of the princely imperial abbey of Prüm (c.f. the Middle Rhine Register or Mittelrheinisches Urkundenbuch), archaeological finds have indicated that there were earlier fortifications on the site.

After Prüm Abbey was occupied and damaged by French Revolutionary troops from 1794 to 1802, Mürlenbach's castle was seized as part of the forced secularisation of the abbey estate and auctioned by France to a private owner.

In the late 20th century, the surviving castle walls and buildings were restored by the Tiepelmann family and the state-owned, 30-metre-high, ruined double tower gate was rebuilt with state finance. In 2009, the nine owners were given a grant from the federal and state budgets to secure and maintain the 16th-century, five-metre-thick, southwest roundel. The 13th-century shield wall was also renovated with funding from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

The 30-metre-high tower house, the double tower gateway of the Betradaburg, is visible from a long way off. It has good views of the surrounding countryside and may be visited as part of a guided tour. Every year the Mürlenbach Castle Festival (Mürlenbacher Burgfest) takes place. The castle is privately owned and has holiday apartments which are currently being renovated.



Your name


Founded: 8th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Part of The Frankish Empire (Germany)

More Information


4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Ralf Menke (11 months ago)
Very nice castle, top equipped apartments and super clean. Very nice manager.
Jannie Schutte (17 months ago)
Beautiful castle, not freely accessible, but nice accommodation options
Giorgio Siringo (4 years ago)
Very well preserved, small beautiful castle. It deserves the visit, if in the surroundings.
René Pronk (6 years ago)
Beautiful photo spot.
Petra Lynch (6 years ago)
The guest house is incredible... 5 star rating!! Top notch furniture and appliances and mrs kraemer is the most wonderful collection of activities...incredible for kids
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Doune Castle

Doune Castle was originally built in the thirteenth century, then probably damaged in the Scottish Wars of Independence, before being rebuilt in its present form in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany (c. 1340–1420), the son of King Robert II of Scots, and Regent of Scotland from 1388 until his death. Duke Robert"s stronghold has survived relatively unchanged and complete, and the whole castle was traditionally thought of as the result of a single period of construction at this time. The castle passed to the crown in 1425, when Albany"s son was executed, and was used as a royal hunting lodge and dower house.

In the later 16th century, Doune became the property of the Earls of Moray. The castle saw military action during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms and Glencairn"s rising in the mid-17th century, and during the Jacobite risings of the late 17th century and 18th century.