Hesse

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.

The Legend of Fritz vom Rodenstein

Castle Rodenstein in the Odenwald area of southern Hesse is famous for its many myths and legends. One of them is about knight Fritz, whose loyal service and courages acts helped defend the empire beyond his grave.

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.

The Legend of the Geiselstein

The Geiselstein is a strange rock formation on the Vogelsberg in the state of Hesse that was formed during the regions volcanic past. As with many such formations there is a famous story, this one suggesting that part of it looks like the face of a local Baron.

Castle Ehrenfels

Castle Ehrenfels

Castle Ehrenfels is a ruin of a 13th century stronghold on the eastern Rhine slope. The region is famous for its wine production, making the castle a popular attraction. Since 2002, Castle Ehrenfels is part of the Unesco World Heritage Middle Rhine.

Castle Rheinstein

The Lovers of Castle Rheinstein

This legend dates back to the 13th century, when Castle Rheinstein was called Castle Vogtsberg, a name that was dropped later. It tells the story of Gerda, the daughter of the local lord Sifrid. Sifrid had been a well-known knight in his youth, but had finally settled down to a more peaceful life, having married […]

Steckelberg Castle

The ruins of Steckelberg Castle are situated close to Ramholz, in Hesse, central Germany. The name can be derived from Middle High German for ‘steep hill’, referring to the steep inclines that lead up to it. It was build to control the routes through this mountainous area and overlooked the wine route from Fulda to […]