Coraidelstein Castle

Klotten, Germany

According to local tradition, the hilltop Coraidelstein castle was founded in 960 by Count Palatine Hermann I. However, the first secure mention of Reichsburg Klotten dates back to 1294. At that time, the castle came under the ownership of the Archbishop of Trier. The transfer to Kurtrier was confirmed in 1346. A knightly family with the same name can be traced back even earlier. From 1410 to 1542, the Lords of Winneburg held the castle as a fief. After that, it underwent division, with Heinrich von Hagen being granted a portion of the castle in 1545. The heirs of Winneburg, the Hausts of Ulmen, the Höins of Hartenfels, as well as Hugo and Gerlach Zandt von Merl, also held shares in the castle. From 1654, Johann Eberhard von Kesselstatt held Burg Klotten as a Kurtrier fief and it remained in the possession of the Reichsfreiherren von Kesselstatt until 1917.

The castle was inhabited until 1830 and at an unspecified time, it fell into ruin.

In 1917, Hans Harney (1877–1954), a former consul and former director of the Deutsche Bank in Düsseldorf, purchased the castle from the Counts of Kesselstatt and had two residential buildings constructed there. In 1952, his daughter Else Harney, along with her partner Wendelin Stahl, established a pottery workshop there. After her death in 1984, Wendelin Stahl continued to operate the workshop there until his own death in 2000, together with his former student Ayca Riedinger.

The oldest part of the castle is the ruin of the Romanesque keep, which cannot be ascended due to a pronounced gap in the masonry. The residential building was constructed in the 16th century and later extended.

The castle is currently privately owned and cannot be visited.


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Burgweg 6, Klotten, Germany
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Founded: 960 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Ottonian Dynasty (Germany)


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Petra M. (11 months ago)
The ruin is privately owned and cannot be visited. Nevertheless, a nice walk that is rewarded with a great view over the roofs of Klotten and the Moselle. Anyone who climbs up here under the motto: The path is the goal will be satisfied.
Nicole Klip (12 months ago)
Impressive ruin. You can 't visit it.
Luuk Schrijver (13 months ago)
It was a nice place with a nice view. The climb was not too difficult but a bit steep. It was well worth it.
zoomoxo (2 years ago)
Nice Castle/Ruin. Very beautiful view from the Top, Vineyards and Moselle
Amin Ali (3 years ago)
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