The Home of Knights and Castles

This website is a collection of German medieval folklore, its myth and sagas, as well as the greatest German castles, many well-known, others less so. Of course, it is also a celebration of the great German knights who inhabited these castles and often fought multiple campaigns to maintain and expand their holdings during the ever shifting political landscape.

Tannhäuser

Tannhäuser

Tannhäuser was a German knight and poet. He is particularly well known for his ‘Minnelieder’, a style of medieval love songs. The real-life Tannhäuser is often confused with the mythical Tannhäuser of 16th century folklore, who was immortalised by Richard Wagner in the opera of the same name. 

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Castle Hornberg

Hornberg Castle

Castle Hornberg is a stronghold 228m above the Neckar valley in Germany’s southern state of Baden Württemberg. Originally, it consisted of two independent structures, which were eventually incorporated by a wall. The famous German knight Götz von Berlichingen lived here for 45 years. According to documents, the castle also includes a second oldest maintained vineyard in the world. 

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Castle Alt-Windeck

Castle Alt-Windeck

Castle Windeck, which is also called Alt-Windeck, is a ruin in the Black forest region of Baden Württemberg in the south of Germany. It was build around 1200 at an elevation of 378m by the counts of Windeck, a noble family likely originating from Franconia in Bavaria, holding numerous lands in that region. 

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Castle Rodenstein

Castle Rodenstein

Castle Rodenstein is situated in the Odenwald region of Hesse on a hill at around 322m hight. As the name suggested, parts of the forest had to be cleared to build the stronghold (‘roden’ – to clear woodland). It was built around 1240 by the lards of Crumback and Rodenstein as protection against Reichenberg, supported by the powerful earls of Katzenelnbogen.

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Castle Alt Windeck

The Magic Chickens of Castle Alt-Windeck

Close to the town of Bühl the ruins of castle Alt-Windeck can be seen and its towers offer a spectacular view of the area, all the way to close by Strasburg and its minster. The castle is linked with a peculiar story that plays in the 14th century and features magic chickens and and a pair of brave children. 

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Castle Jagsthausen

Castle Jagsthausen

Castle Jagsthausen, also known as ‘Götzenburg’, is situated in the south-western state of Baden-Württemberg and is the traditional home of the lords of Berlichingen, including their most famous member, Götz von Berlichingen.

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Castle Stolzenfels

Castle Stolzenfels

Castle Stolzenfest is a Rhineland palace near Koblenz, situated on the site that was once a medieval stronghold, and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Originally built in the 13th century, like many other castles in the area it ruined remains were turned into a pleasure palace during the 19th century in the Gothic Revival style.

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Georg von Frundsberg

Georg von Frundsberg

Georg von Frundsberg was a German knight and leader of the Landsknechte, fighting for the Holy Roman Empire and particularly the Habsburg House. During his time, he was known for his outstanding strategic capabilities.

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Imperial Palace Ingelheim

The Legend of Hildegard, Charlemagne’s wife

This is a legend about Charlemagne and his half-brother Taland, who falls in love with Hildegard, Charlemagne’s wife. When the emperor Charlemagne returned from Spain, he had to leave immediately to fight the Saxons, who had invaded his kingdom and burned churches and villages. He ordered Taland, his half-brother, to stay at the imperial palace at Ingelheim to protect the empress, Hildegard.

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