Veste Landskron is a Renaissance water castle built between 1576 and 1579. The construction was started by Ulrich II von Schwerin, member of one of the oldest Pomeranian noble houses. The castle deteriorated due to the impact of the Thirty Years' War, during which the villages around Landskron were burned down, and mismanagement. When the owner Georg Ernst died in 1651, Landskron was inherited by his daughter Anna, who married the Swedish noble von Anrieppe. Their daughter Agnes von Anrieppe married Jürgen von Pentz, who soon abandoned Landskron and in 1699 sold it to Philipp von Schwerin, a nephew of Otto von Schwerin, advisor of the Brandenburgian elector, for 13,000 thalers. Philipp von Schwerin did not rebuild the castle, which had further detoriorated during the Scanian War, but moved his residence to nearby Rehberg.

The ruins of the castle have attracted tourists since the 19th century. In 1852, a tavern was built on the ruins of the kitchen building in the courtyard. This building was occupied until the 1960s, but subsequently demolished. Today, it is a tourist attraction and used as a site for concerts and other events.

The rectangular main building, a keep about 25 metres long and 15 metres wide with three upper stories and a basement, was secured by four round towers attached to its edges, a wall and a moat. One of the keep's towers (Hungerturm) was used as a dungeon to incarcerate abducted people held for ransom. Attached to the keep's eastern front was the entrance building. In front of the entrance to the keep, which could be reached by a drawbridge, laid the courtyard, and both the keep and the courtyard were surrounded by an outer wall and another moat.

In the west, the outer wall was immediately adjacent to the inner moat and comprised five small bastions. The castle was entered through a gatehouse in the northern outer wall, comprising a guardhouse west of the gateway that led to the courtyard, and the stables in its eastern part, where also a well was located. A second drawbridge, made from copper according to legend, spanned the outer moat in front of the gatehouse. Two other separate buildings stood on the courtyard - a chapel to the south and a kitchen to the east. The castle was finished in 1579.

The initial and still most widely used name of the castle was Landskron ('Land's Crown'). Legend tells that the name was frowned upon by the Pomeranian duke, who pressured Ulrich to rename it Lanzkron ('Lance's Crown'), which is also in use as an alternative name.



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Karoline Drescher (3 years ago)
Sehr schön gelegene Burgruine mit Aussichtsplattform. Man kann die gesamte Anlage mit allen Türmen und Zimmern (bzw das, was davon übrig ist) erkunden. Besonders Kinder scheinen Spaß daran zu haben, selbst "Ritter" zu sein oder verstecken zu spielen. Wer sich noch mehr bewegen möchte, kann im nahe gelegenen Wald spazieren gehen.
Patrick Thiel (4 years ago)
Als ob man in einer anderen Welt ist. Und das kostenlos zu besichtigen.
Simone Skull (4 years ago)
HINGEHEN! Die etwas versteckt liegende Ruine bietet gerade für Fotografen und deren Modelle excellente Motive. Die Natur holt sich alles zurück, was man hier auf (für mich) beeindruckende Weise sieht. Dank eines Vereins, ist es möglich auch die Türme zu betreten. Rollenspieler, Fotografen und historisch interessierte Personen, werden 100% Freude haben!
Greg L. (4 years ago)
Romantic castle's ruins!
Inno Sen (5 years ago)
The wide land of Northeast Germany has not so much hills and the rare higher positions were occupied by knights, better to say former highwaymen, and these is one of the oldest knights castles in this land. But you will find only 300 years old ruins. But they are still so imposing and give you a lot of romantic feelings ... So you like to climbing up to the top and never stepping down to the 30ft deep dungeon. Good to drive by car, just 10 min far from the Autobahn A20, just for a short stop over. On the opposite side you can find other knights castle Klempenow.
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