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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Torsten Meyer (13 months ago)
Nice destination with hiking opportunities.
Cielo del Cielo (14 months ago)
Nice place to walk. Parking lots available either up or down the castle. The views above is amazing. There is also a coffee shop above if you want to have snacks.
Schorsch K (21 months ago)
Great view from the building down to the Steigerwald. You can drive right up there a few parking spaces available. Also 2 for charge ur electric Car
Ankit Ramani (2 years ago)
Awesome place for one day trip for hikers, tracker and also you can spend time with kids too.
Katarzyna Grzegorzewska (2 years ago)
Piękne widoki po intensywnym spacerze pod górę
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