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Wegelnburg - Nothweiler, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member KaPsTeam
N 49° 03.692 E 007° 47.236
32U E 411408 N 5435004
Quick Description: The Wegelnburg, also called Wegelenburg, is a ruined castle between Schönau and Nothweiler in Rhineland-Palatinate and the highest castle in the Palatinate.
Location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Date Posted: 1/10/2014 10:41:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMJX9C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Blue Man
Views: 10

Long Description:
The Wegelnburg, also called Wegelenburg, is a ruined castle between Schönau and Nothweiler in Rhineland-Palatinate and the highest castle in the Palatinate.

The rock fortress is 570.9 m Heigh on the castle hill, on the German-French border. On the same mountain ridge close proximity also the Höhenwurg, Löwenstein and Fleckenstein.

The Wegelnburg was in the 12th or 13 Century founded as an imperial castle of the Hohenstaufen. In 1282 it was destroyed breach of the peace of the imperial bailiff by the Strasbourg troops, restored to 1330 by the family of Wegelnburg and expanded. Then the castle to the House Electoral Palatinate was pledged. From 1417 to 1793 the castle was owned by the Dukes of Zweibrücken. In 1679 it was destroyed and razed by French troops under General Monclar because of the Peace of Nijmegen. During renovation work from 1979 to 1982 large amounts of debris were removed and the resulting parts rehabilitated.

The upper castle is about 90 times 8 feet tall. The castle is divided into three zones, the lower, middle and upper castle, with only the lower castle on the west side. Preserved and restored, the inner gatehouse. Rock stairs provide access to the upper castle. Preserved are crafted from the rock passages and a rock cellar.
The balustrades on the upper castle do not match the original appearance. There are only get a few stone remnants of dwellings, so that the appearance of the castle is difficult to reconstruct.
Accessibility: Full access

Condition: Partly ruined

Admission Charge?: no

Website: [Web Link]

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