Wesenberg Castle

Wesenberg, Germany

Wesenberg Castle is a medieval motte-and-bailey castle. Of the original castle, only the bergfried tower and an adjacent part of the former ring wall survives. The castle was founded by Nicholas I of Werle during the middle of the 13th century, as protection for the city of Wesenberg. Among other things, the castle served as a residence for the widow of Duke Ulrich II of Mecklenburg-Stargard, Catherine. The castle was largely destroyed by a fire in 1630. Today, the castle is owned by the city of Wesenberg and since 1950 it houses the offices of the local forestry administration.

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Burg 1, Wesenberg, Germany
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Heimhart2 von Bültzingslöwen (2 years ago)
Schöner Ausblick. Niedliches Museum
Regina Angelika Rossow (2 years ago)
Kann noch nicht richtig die Burg bewerten , haben es noch nicht geschafft sie zu besuchen ! Von aussen sehr schön auch abends ein Foto wert . Es gibt im Nebengebäude ein kleines Standesamt ! Freunde von uns gaben sich dort das ,,Ja-Wort" !
Alf Alf (2 years ago)
Schöne Lage direkt an der Woblitz gelegen, in der Nähe eine schöne Raststation, meine E - Biker Station
Ein Reisender (3 years ago)
Eine schöne kleine Burg, gut restauriert und in gutem Zustand. Das Fischerei Museum ist sehenswert und der Burgturm lohnt den Aufstieg. Parkmöglichkeiten sind unweit der Burg reichlich vorhanden. Personal sehr freundlich und Eintrittspreis moderat. Ein Besuch lohnt sich auf jeden Fall.
Kerstin Lindenthal (3 years ago)
Die Heimatstube und das Fischereimuseum sind sehr sehenswert. Besonders toll sind die ausgestellten Fotografien in der Heimatstube. Das Highlight ist aber die Aussicht vom Turm!!! Unbeschreiblich schön!!
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