Blutenburg Castle

Munich, Germany

Blutenburg Castle is an old ducal country seat in the west of Munich. The castle was built between two arms of the River Würm for Duke Albert III, Duke of Bavaria in 1438–39 as a hunting-lodge, replacing an older castle burned down in war. The origin of this castle is a moated castle of the 13th century. The core of this castle was a residential tower, the remains of which were uncovered in 1981. The fortress was first mentioned in writing only in 1432.

Albert's son, Duke Sigismund of Bavaria, ordered extensions of the castle beginning in 1488; he died here in 1501. The main building became derelict during the Thirty Years War, but was rebuilt in 1680–81. The castle is still surrounded by a ring wall with three towers and a gate tower. The defensive character of the castle, however, was with the reconstruction in 17th Century significantly reduced. The plant was already at that time no longer defensible.

Sigismund of Bavaria also ordered the construction of the palace chapel, a splendid masterpiece of late Gothic style which still has preserved its stained-glass windows, along with the altars with three paintings created in 1491 by Jan Polack. The cycle of the statues of the apostles on the side walls was built around 1490/95.

Since 1983 the International Youth Library (Internationale Jugendbibliothek) has been housed in Blutenburg Castle. The Blutenburg concerts are well known.



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Seldweg, Munich, Germany
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Founded: 1438-1439
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


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Rinkita Mittal (3 months ago)
Really nice place to chill and walk around. There is also children’s library inside the castle. Also lots events keep happening there.
Petrus Gerryts (4 months ago)
Beautiful little gem to discover. Perfect for a sunny day, but the restaurant is also great. Expect some good tasty traditional food and beers. ;) Great for friends or family.
Florian Köhnlein (5 months ago)
Only had fries when we visited, so I can't really rate the food. Location is beautiful especially the inner courtyard and the pond in front. Staff is very friedly. It is also possible to get drinks to take for a walk around the area by ordering at the stand up tables
david antoun (5 months ago)
A former hunting lodge for bavarian dukes in the 13th century. renovated through ages till date. surrounded by lake and trees with a river pass and wooden bridges. designed with towers at the corner and a pyramid roof gate. today consists of the old gothic sryle chapel, restaurant, museum to german writers and a club for friends of the castle. worth the visit if you are in the area and you finished visiting Nymphenburg Castle cause they were one connected with an axial road now covered with trees.
Ellis princewhite (13 months ago)
Peace loving people around here, And I want to also say thank you for the chance you gave us. #respect ? Photos around this place is really nice but unfortunately we did not take a direct photograph to show you how beautiful is this place but if you follow me on #ellisprincewhite sure you will see this.
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