Schmidtburg Castle

Schneppenbach, Germany

Schneppenbach was administratively tightly bound with the Schmidtburg castle, which nowadays stands within the village's municipal limits. The castle, whose beginnings go back at least as far as 929, and possibly as far as 926, is one of the oldest in the Nahe-Hunsrück region and is believed to have been the family seat of the Counts in the Nahegau, the Emichones. Their coheirs and rightful successors, the Waldgraves, owned the castle in the 12th and 13th centuries. Internal Waldgravial family disputes, however, resulted in ownership being transferred about 1330 to Archbishop and Elector of Trier Baldwin of Luxembourg. Under Baldwin, the castle was expanded, and in the time that followed, it became the seat of the Electoral-Trier Amt of Schmidtburg.

The castle was destroyed during the War of the Grand Alliance (1688–1697) by French troops in 1688. Today impressive large ruins remain.


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Schneppenbach, Germany
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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Ottonian Dynasty (Germany)


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ruteto (11 months ago)
Beautyfull trail
Krishnent S Kumar (13 months ago)
Great place to visit in the spring
Vos in t Veld (2 years ago)
Very big ruine, great to walk through.
Kirk Dial (2 years ago)
Super cool castle ruins. Did it with 3 children between 1 and 5. Doable hike.
Julia Erz (4 years ago)
Large ruins that are free to visit with a hike that goes down and back up to reach the castle! Also nice views of the surrounding area!
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