Nanstein Castle was built around the year 1162 after Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I demanded its construction as additional defense for the Palatinate.

In 1504, German knight Franz von Sickingen, inherited part of the castle after his father's death in the War of the Bavarian Succession, finally acquiring the entire castle in 1518. He immediately began extensive refortification to make the castle suitable for firearms.

Nanstein is well known for an elaborate siege during the Knights' Revolt in 1523 which claimed the life of von Sickingen. The fall of Nanstein was a symbol for the decline of castles in the Palatinate.

In 1542, von Sickingen's sons recovered Nanstein as a fief and started reconstruction of the castle. Reinhard von Sickingen completed the reconstruction in 1595. In 1668, Elector Charles I Louis forced Lotharingian troops from the castle and razed the fortifications.

In the 19th century the first conservation work was done on Nanstein, and this has continued to the present day.



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Founded: 1162
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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User Reviews

Charlotte Finch (16 months ago)
Decent trek up the hill, but worth it once you reach the top. The view is awesome, and it was a nice daytime activity.
Kieth Merrill (16 months ago)
Really interesting historic Burg ruins.. 4 stars because both times we went the restaurant was closed.
Jeffrey Brewer (16 months ago)
Pretty cool castle. They have several walking trails next to the castle and the views are awesome.
Tyler Ross (17 months ago)
Small, but very interesting with a lot of rooms and things to discover. Also houses a very informative video about the castle's history in English, Spanish, and German. Good hiking trails abound outside of the castle proper as well.
Abuamerican Little (17 months ago)
Nice view of Landstuhl and that's why I give it 4 stars. Otherwise it needs a lot of work to make it an actual attraction. You can gain access to the I side of the castle with a fee but I cannot tell you if it is worth it since it was closed when I was there. There's a small cafe/restaurant there but that too was closed when I visited. All in all its an OK place for a very short trip and visit
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