Hohengeroldseck Castle Ruins

Schönberg, Germany

Hohengeroldseck castle dates from the 13th century when it was the seat of the Counts of Hohengeroldseck. It was besieged twice, 1426 and 1486. ​​The final destruction took place by the French troops in 1689 when the castle burnt down completely.



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Founded: c. 1250
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Bill Boxall (2 years ago)
Visited this place a few times in the late"80s and early"90s back when the Canadians still had a base in Lahr. Loved it. I brought my bagpipes one night, and a couple friends and myself climbed to the top in total darkness. I played my pipes for a few minutes and was surprised when I stopped there were people in the courtyard below applauding. I had no idea where they came from, but it was awesome. One of the people invited us to his place a couple minutes away for a beer. I haven't been back to Germany since, but would love to go back and visit this place again.
SAbrina Gonzalez Cano (2 years ago)
Nice place. Kids loved to play hide and seek and climb on the rocks. Some interesting facts on information plates inside the ruin.
Stephanie Gartshore (2 years ago)
Amazing view! Lots of climbing to get there and a lot of stairs to get to the view but it is worth it. I also loved the signs that helped you pick out locations from the top. If you are planning to visit with children there are activities on the way up the hill and the information signs are in French and German. Make sure to hit the bathroom before you climb up though.
Kerin Donahue (2 years ago)
This is a beautiful ruin! When you climb to the top of the tower you can see the Black Forest for miles on every direction. Well worth a visit for the view alone.
Paolo Caselli (2 years ago)
Very good site. wonderful vue. Signs in French and German. Great vesperstube with garden nearby
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