First mentioned in 1125, Giechburg castle was in possession of Bamberg's prince-bishops since 1390. During wartimes it burned down several times, was rebuilt, destroyed again and rebuilt once more in 1600. In 1971 the administrative district of Bamberg bought Giechburg castle and restored it. Nowadays Giechburg castle is a popular excursion destination including a restaurant which offers a venue for meetings and cultural events. At an altitude of 520 metres you can enjoy a wonderful view across the region of Bamberg. Various art exhibitions take place in the donjon regularly.

Archeological evidence indicates that this hilltop was fortified as far back as Neolithic times. From 1421 until 1459, a period of disorder associated with the Hussites in nearby Bohemia, the castle was further fortified and strengthened until it took its final form as a mature medieval castle with a keep.

As gunpowder warfare matured, Giechburg was no longer useful as a strongpoint. It was adaptively reused by the prince-bishops, especially Johann Philipp von Gebsattel, as a hunting lodge and by later prince-bishops as the headquarters of a horse farm. However, with secularization in 1802, Giechburg no longer had an owner with an interest in maintenance and upkeep. The former castle was used as a quarry for dressed stone, and became a ruin.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Katarzyna Grzegorzewska (20 months ago)
Piękne widoki po intensywnym spacerze pod górę
Jörg Wittek (21 months ago)
Sehr schönes weitläufiges Ausflugsziel mit vielen weiteren Möglichkeiten. Die Burg hat einen ganz eigenen Charme und lädt zum verweilen ein. Der Ausblick fesselt.
Daniel Velikov (2 years ago)
Very nice food and service!
Olympus Mons (2 years ago)
Ich komme hier her wegen der Fernsicht gen Süden, Westen, Norden. Die ist unbeschreiblich auf diesem exponierten Platz. Die Ruine an sich ist auch schön anzusehen. Interssant sind immer wieder die Austellungen im großen Turm. Der Gasthof selbst ist nicht groß der Rede wert - eher zweckmäßig und von mittlerer Qualität. Der Aufstieg vom großen Parkplatz ist im Anstieg nicht zu verachten, da muss man schon einigermaßen gut zu Fuß sein. Wirklich toller Platz und die Fernsicht ist einfach gut.
Herr Melzer (2 years ago)
Lohnenswertes Ausflugsziel im Raum Bamberg, man hat von der Giechburg aus einen tollen Panorama Ausblick! Es gibt Wanderwege die hier entlang führen, auch die integrierte Gastronomie mit leckerer Hausmannskost ist sehr gut. Besser anrufen zur Mittagszeit ob es noch einen freien Platz gibt.
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