Grevenburg Castle Ruins

Traben-Trarbach, Germany

Grevenburg castle was built in 1350 by Count Johann III of Sponheim-Starkenburg and replaced Castle Starkenburg as the residence of the Rear County of Sponheim. With the extinction of the ruling male line of the Rhenish branch of the House of Sponheim in 1437 the castle became seat of the bailiff of the new Counts to Sponheim.

In 1680 it was conquered by Louis XIV of France and was extended, together with the fort of Mont Royal in the horshoe bend of the Mosel north of the town of Traben-Trarbach as a part of the fortifications. During the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714), in 1702 it was taken by the French under Taillardin and in 1704 on the express orders of the commanding officer John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough it was overpowered by Friedrich das Wehrschloss. The badly damaged castle was then occupied by the Dutch. In 1730 it was repaired by the Electorate of Trier for the defence of Koblenz and the Rhine river. In the War of the Polish Succession it was taken after three weeks' siege for the fourth and last time by the French who destroyed it in July 1734. The castle was blown up, huge chunks of it have plunged into the valley beneath.

Of the castle, although only the western wall of the former keep remains, the foundations are largely intact.



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Founded: 1350
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


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Landy Tianxuan Liu (23 months ago)
We saw this castle ruin in saturated red light from below on a foggy night and it looked super spooky! So we walked straight to it and took a completely dark and muddy path…would not recommend. But the view up there is amazing and it was nice to have the entire ruin to ourselves. Though seriously this town needs some designers to fix their choices of lighting colors.
Highflyer Potatoe (2 years ago)
Lovely view from the top where you can also enjoy a drink, since there is a bar.
Samantha Phillips (2 years ago)
Small castle ruin with beautiful views of the Mosel river. Seating areas where you can purchase wine and have a picnic. Public toilets available, small gravel parking lot. You can also make the trek up. From the road below there are two paths to take. Towards the right are very steep steps. Towards the left has a longer path with a gradual incline.
Lulu Sabongi (Lulu online) (2 years ago)
Incredible to be in such an old place
M. Braig (3 years ago)
Loved it. Remarkable trails around
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