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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Paul Kom (7 months ago)
Nice castle tucked away in the hills. The small bar had really cool staff. Will definitely go back for a beer.
lukespack (8 months ago)
I and a buddy visited here in 1955. There were two young women with us. It was totally free at that time with few people visiting. We had a nice time. It sounds so different now. We were stationed at Landstuhl Medical Center. This was the begging of so many trips all over Germany and Western Europe. I was 18 at that time. Within 12 months we were able to visit Berlin when there was no wall. I was so lucky to be there when Americans were free from war. The medical center was built in 1953 when America feared war with the USSR. In 1958 our medical unit was sent to Lebanon but I was all ready back home by then.
Dorothy Walker (8 months ago)
Eh, it's a castle with some decent views. Nothing super interesting or fantastic even for a history buff like myself. It gives a JUST a smidge of background. It's something to do if you're REALLY bored though...
Roger Wareham (8 months ago)
Amazing place to see. The restaurant had great service with good food.
Bryan Thomas Hinkle (9 months ago)
Make sure you have Euro. They did not accept cards. Castle is interesting. Recommend the audio tour. Watch your head through the lower portions due to low ceilings. medieval actors with owls and birds are very nice guys with tons of info. Restaurant is delicious (Only takes Euro)
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