Stargard Castle is the northernmost preserved hilltop castle in Germany and the oldest secular building in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the same time with the deepest dungeon tower in northern Germany. It was built in the 12th and 13th centuries.

During the Thirty Years' War, the castle served as headquarters for Johann t'Serclaes, Count of Tilly, general of the Imperial forces, later becoming a seat of ducal administration. The town suffered during the general decline of the region in the aftermath of the Thirty Years' War.

The castle is now a major tourist attraction in the area, with spectacular views from the tower and special events such as an annual knights' tournament.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Felix Gadewolz (3 years ago)
Immer wieder schön! Ein Spaziergang auf der und um die Burganlage ist zauberhaft. So hat man von jeder Seite einen wirklich hervorragenden Blick auf die Burg. Parkplätze sind ausreichend vorhanden und zu dem auch kostengünstig. Neben einem Museum bietet die Burg auch eine gute Möglichkeit für Hochzeiten, viele Feste und Veranstaltungen und einen Aussichtsturm.
Hagen Rottke (3 years ago)
super historic middle age castle
Mikael Ros (3 years ago)
A fantastic city with so much historical buildings to see.
Kai Wienand (3 years ago)
Wir waren zum Spontanbesuch vor Ort. Ausstellungen sind gut gelungen und man erfährt genug aus der Gegend bzw der Geschichte der Burg. Personal war freundlich und hilfsbereit. Preise für Eintritt und Café sind klein und Parkplätze gibt es auch genug. EMPFEHLENSWERT....
Henning Schäfer (3 years ago)
Super castle
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