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Burgruine Waldenburg

Attendorn, Germany

A ruined castle made famous in German movies and TV productions.  

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Waldenburg Castle, also known as Schnellenberg Castle, is a fascinating castle ruin located near Attendorn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Its history dates back to the 12th century when it was first built. The castle changed hands several times over the centuries and played an important role in the history of the region.

Originally, Waldenburg Castle was built as a fortress to protect the strategically important trade route in southern Westphalia. In the course of time, it became a residence for noble families, who extended and remodeled the castle. Among others, it served the Lords of Schnellenberg as their ancestral seat.

During the Thirty Years’ War, the castle suffered considerable damage and was neglected thereafter. This eventually led to the Waldenburg falling into ruin. Nevertheless, it remained a prominent landmark of the region and a testimony to medieval architecture and history.

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You have to make a 10 minute hike to get to the castle.

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