Hinterburg Castle Ruins

Neckarsteinach, Germany

Hinterburg is one of the four castles in a string along the Neckar River, built by the von Steinach family in the 1100s. It is the oldest of the four, serving a strategic purpose in allowing the lords to observe the Neckar and Steinachtal. One of the earliest records mentions Bligger von Steinach, c. 1160. His son, Bligger II, who was also a famous minstrel of the time, added much of the outer wall that helped drastically improve the castle's defensive posture. At one time it also had a dry moat with a drawbridge. The castle continued to be used up until the 1600s, largely in the service of the Elector Palatine. Afterwards it began to decay from neglect as it lost its importance in the era of cannon. There is no indication that it was ever seriously besieged.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Ruins in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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www.neckarsteinach.com

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Marco Keller (2 years ago)
Tolle, frei zugängliche, Burganlage in Neckarsteinach mit schönem Blick auf den Neckar und Dilberg mit der Veste Dilsberg
Gelu Gurgu (3 years ago)
Sunt ruinele Castelului Hinterburg, curatate si minimal amenajate pentru vizitare. Ca de obicei, exista o scara pana in varful unui turn, de unde puteti avea o panorama superbă. Peisajul de toamnă şi ziua însorită au contribuit pe deplin la cele cinci stele acordate.
Harold Hesseltine (3 years ago)
Lovely day and an interesting Castle
Mateusz Wodyk (4 years ago)
awesome castle with breathtaking views on Neckar river and Dilsberg. easy hike to get, entrance for free. other worth to look castles are nearby. highly recommended!
Spencer Hall (5 years ago)
The most impressive of the four castles. Views from the tower are tremendous and it's free.
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