Blankenstein Castle

Hattingen, Germany

Blankenstein Castle was built originally in 1227-1243 by Adolf I, Count of Mark. It was further developed over the course of 200 years by the Counts of the Mark. By 1425, Blankenstein was one of the most important castles in the county. In 1614, shortly before the Thirty Years' War, it was occupied by Spanish troops. From 1637, the castle fell into disrepair so that, in September 1662, Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg ordered its demolition. Only the tower and parts of the curtain wall remained.

In 1860, the owner of the ruin, the employer, Gustav vom Stein, began to rebuild the castle and established a factory there. The property has belonged to the city of Bochum since 1922, but the town is looking for an alternative due to the costs. From 1957 to 1959, most of the buildings of the 19th century were pulled down, but some still remain.

The tower can still be visited and offers a good view over Bochum and the Kemnader Lake.

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Founded: 1227-1243
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Yvan Perrenoud (13 months ago)
Cute village with nice and unusual Italian ice cream
Rosa Carvalho (13 months ago)
Really good for a peaceful walk
Elisabeth Gravert (2 years ago)
I would love to have my celebrations here
Prince (2 years ago)
Great view over the fields and city.
Oana Popa (3 years ago)
I was here at a wedding. The location is very nice, you can see the whole region from the tower (which you can go on top of for free). The food was very good, but I don't know if it's like in general.
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