Husen Castle Ruins

Hausach, Germany

The original Husen castle, documented for the first time in 1246, was probably built here by the dukes of Zähringen in the 12th century. It given into the possession of the counts of Freiburg. In 1303, the castle went to the counts of Fürstenberg as a result of the marriage of Verena of Freiburg.

Count Henry IV of Fürstenberg had the castle extensively remodelled and expanded from 1453 to 1477. A neck ditch and an outer ward guarded the actual castle with its palas and bergfried.

The castle was the residence of the prince’s castellans (Burgvögte). In 1632 it burned down and was rebuilt. In 1643 French-Weimar troops under Jean Baptiste Budes de Guébriant destroyed the castle.

Later the ruins were incorporated into fortified earthworks or schanzen in order to defend the valley against enemy troops. In 1896 the bergfried was given battlements instead of the tower’s conical roof. In 1968 the town of Hausach purchased the ruins from the House of Fürstenberg. Today, parts of the palas wall, the so-called battery tower and the bergfried survive.

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

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Lupu Razvan Ilie (4 months ago)
Great for family trips.
Cipriano V (5 months ago)
Ok
Joseph Patrick Hovan (16 months ago)
Spectacular! Worth the hike! 2 paths 1 steep 1 low suitable for almost everyone. Gorgeous views at the 1 top with its ruined fortress and direct nearby on the wooded hilltop/peak.
Fraulein Bee (20 months ago)
I don’t really know if this is a Castle, because its too small to be a castle, but its still worth a visit. Can be walked from the Bahnhof, around 30-45 minutes. This is on a hill, so its overlooking the town. From the town, to the green grass, to the forest, the view was mesmerising. Its like a miniature version, where trains passes in the middle of the town.
Torstein Nevels (2 years ago)
Interesting lookout fortification. Not really a castle as it was only built to guard the local silver mines.
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