Rabenstein Castle Ruins

Riedenburg, Germany

Rabenstein Castle was built probably in the early 12th century. It fell into ruins in the 16th century. The surrounding walls have survived.


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Founded: 12th century
Category: Ruins in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)


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Ba NiTi (3 months ago)
The way up was by a path through the middle of the forest. Very nice, quiet and idyllic. We only recommend the ascent with sturdy shoes as it is currently very slippery. The way to the castle ruins should be signposted a little better.
be good (7 months ago)
Great for hiking.
Economy Flyer (8 months ago)
Nice panoramic view after a short hike from either Riedenburg or the Rosenburg. Can recommend for some nice views over the river.
Caroline Montoya (8 months ago)
Nice little hike! Magnificent views and tranquility !!
Sergeants Survival (2 years ago)
Was a good hike to the Burgruine Rabenstein. However, the paths were very distinguished, and there are signs leading all the way to the remains. This site is not wheelchair accessible. And if you take small children the paths may be a little difficult for them. The view from the top is phenomenal.
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