Waldeck Castle Ruins

Kemnath, Germany

Waldeck Castle was first mentioned in 1124. It was owned by the Landgraves of Leuchtenberg, who sold the castle in 1283 to Duke Ludwig of Bavaria. In the Spanish War of Succession, the castle was besieged by imperial troops , taken in October 1704 and demolished by order of Emperor Joseph I. Although the castle was rebuilt, it was burned down in 1794 and since then has been ruined. Since 1982, the ruins have been excavated and restored.


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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)


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Laura Rose (3 years ago)
Beautiful views but I think I will be back in the spring/summer as I think would be more stunning with blue skies and clouds. We went in a cold winter day. My kids enjoyed exploring the grounds.
Brian Parker (3 years ago)
Awesome 900 yr old castle fortress ruins atop a volcanic peak that is accessible and is chock full of informational signs in multiple languages (is an example for others, in fact). Ample parking. Path someone rocky on top. Spectacular views. You can tell that this is the pride-n-joy of the nearby little town at its base. Worth a visit.
Chris Piehler (3 years ago)
We had a great time with our boys
Ava Rogers (3 years ago)
This was my absence favorite castle ruins in Bavaria thus far. Great hike, easy for kids, and stunning views!!
Edward (3 years ago)
Nice place to visit.
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