Neurathen Rock Castle

Rathen, Germany

Neurathen Castle (Felsenburg Neurathen), which was first mentioned by this name in 1755, is located near the famous Bastei rocks near Rathen in Saxon Switzerland. This was once the largest rock castles in the region, but today only the rooms carved out of the rock, passages, the cistern and rebates for the timber of the former wooden superstructure have survived. In the years 1982–1984 parts of the extensive castle were used to build the open-air museum.

The beginnings of Neurathen date back to the first half of the 13th century, however the site may have been inhabitated already in the Bronze Ages. The castle was inherited and sold, repeatedly besieged, conquered and burned in the wars between Bohemian and Saxonian armies. In 1485 it fell to the Duke Albrecht, but he never restored it and the castle eventually collapsed. During the Thirty Years' War, his ruins served to shelter the inhabitants of Pirna before the Swedes.



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Basteiweg, Rathen, Germany
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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elixdragon85 elixdragon85 (2 months ago)
Absolute beauty to be destroyed by crowds. That's not a problem if you like being on the subway. Unfortunately, the main attraction was closed. That's why I think 3 stars out of 5 is enough if nobody writes about it anywhere. I will go again when it rains, there won't be so many tourists and I will enjoy it much more. Parking is 0% because even with free spaces, cars are blocked on the road probably to the delight.
Wing Yang Lee (4 months ago)
Totally worth the 2,50€ entrance fee. Less crowded and really great view on the inside of the castle remnants. The bridges are a bit fragile though. One stated only up to 4 ppl at once.
Animesh Kumar (4 months ago)
The main highlight is the clear view of the bridge, away from the crowd. The ruins of once an impressive castle built on the sandstone formation which dates back to 12th century. Although not much left there today, but still you can see a small model of how the entire castle was standing during its era. Small bridges and passages to walk through. Not suitable for people afraid of height. A nice detour, for only 2.5 Euros and you get scenic views and another perspective of the sandstone valley around. Due to the entrance fee, most of the people avoid coming, but it is worth it.
Austin Han (7 months ago)
2.5€ per adult. It’s really worth visiting although the castle is completely gone. If you have high fear, better be prepared for a few the narrow bridges.
Moulick Doshi (8 months ago)
Nestled in the picturesque hills of the Eifel region, Neurathen Castle is a must-visit attraction for history and architecture enthusiasts. This impressive castle dates back to the 12th century and was built on top of a rugged sandstone rock formation overlooking the Elbe River. Visitors can explore the castle's impressive ruins, including the remains of the castle walls, towers, and gatehouses. The castle also features a fascinating underground labyrinth of tunnels and caverns, known as the "Bailey" or "Little Switzerland," which offers a glimpse into medieval life and warfare. The castle's location provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, including the Elbe River and the picturesque Saxon Switzerland National Park. Visitors can also enjoy hiking and biking trails that wind through the scenic landscape. Neurathen Castle is easily accessible by car or public transportation, and there are plenty of guided tours available for those who want to learn more about the castle's history and significance. Overall, Neurathen Castle is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, architecture, and natural beauty.
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