The exact history of the Wolfenstein Castle is unclear. The archaeological excavations have dated the construction to the mid-12th century. The first written document dates from 1283 when Gottfried von Sulzbürg changed his name Wolfenstein and started the nobility. Hans von Wolfenstein died childless in 1462 and the castle was moved to the possession of Bohemian (Czech) king. Wolfstein lost its importance in the 16th century after been damaged in War of the Succession of Landshut in 1504. The castle was abandoned and fell into disrepair.

Today, the ruins of Wolfenstein are in good condition. It went through extensive excavations and renovations in the 1990s.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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B. S. (8 months ago)
A nice place to explore if you are visiting the area.
Michael B (11 months ago)
Some ruins with a history, you will find many people hanging around, relaxing. It's more like a park than a history site. A very beautiful place to see the sunset ?!
Michael Reynolds (12 months ago)
This is a come and go as you please setup - you can go there, walk around at your leisure, and take pictures. It doesn't cost anything but the money you spend to get there. There's a spot with some park benches and a wonderful view! It would be a nice place to have a picnic!
Ralph Hershberger (2 years ago)
This is one of the most beautiful and intact ruins in Germany, If you like the older ruins over the still maintained castles then this place is a must see. It also has a great vantage point to view the beautiful city of Neumarkt!
Eva D (2 years ago)
Wonderful castle ruins! The castle was abandoned in the 16th century and many of the stones removed and used for buildings in the nearby town, but there is still a lot to see and you can even climb the tower for an amazing view. A+
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