The oldest fortress on the Lower Rhine is located in the historic Krefeld suburb of Linn. The former country castle belonging to the Electorate of Cologne has its origins around 1200. It was badly damaged during the Spanish Civil War of 1704.

The beautiful water castle is well preserved and includes a bailey, hunting lodge and tithe barn. In the accompanying Landscape Museum it is possible to view excavation finds from the days of Roman rule in the 5th century and the time of the Frankish princes. The special items included in the exhibition are the gilded articles buried along with the princes in the largest continuous and well-preserved burial site in Gellep-Stratum.

A further attraction is the mediaeval barge from the time of Charles the Great. Concerts and readings are regularly held in the great hall of Linn Castle. The castle grounds, including the surrounding park, provide an impressive backdrop for events of all kinds.

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Founded: c. 1200
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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www.krefeld.de

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Aleh Stasiukevich (2 years ago)
Pretty nice place
matt higgins (3 years ago)
Great to walk around and see the buildings. You should plan on three to four hours to see it all and the little village right next to it. I wish they had windows that opened to see the fire department area they had .
Fabiola GPH (3 years ago)
Really nice place to visit, interesting story about the place and definitely if you’re looking for a venue for a wedding or any event, this is the right place.
Frank Wils (3 years ago)
Small museum in the newer castle administration house. Gives a good impression of the history and customs of the castle and surrounding lands.
Bernice Burger (3 years ago)
The Burg Linn is a beautiful place to enjoy some nature and see History retold, through the construction of the 14th Century castle.
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