Iburg Castle, Bad Driburg

The Iburg is a ruined hill castle in Westphalia. It was build around the 8th century, dating back to the time of Charlemagne and his war with the Saxons. Today it is a popular day-trip destination and the tower, named after Charlemagne (Kaiser Karl Turm), can be climbed for beautiful views.

Auf dem Geisenberg – The Highwayman

Once upon a time, there stood a stronghold in the mountains around Geisenberg in the Siebengebirge region, clsoe to Bad Honnef, which served as headquarters of notorious highwaymen. The men plundered the local villages and stole their belongings and cattle only to sell it further afield where they were unknown. The leader of the group, […]

Castle Berge – The innocent Knight

Lord von Berge, as was demanded by custom, held court to settle disagreements and accusations. One of his knights, Engelbrecht von Boltenberg, had accused another, Gerlach von von Steinbach of murder. Von Steinbach was accused of ambushing the knight called Gerlach von Schwerven and killing him and his party. Outraged, von Steinback called him a […]

Sparrenburg Castle

The Sparrenburg is the symbol of the city of Bielefeld, a German town in the Teutoburger Wald (Teutoburg Forest) region. The modern layout of the castle is largely based on changes in the 16th and 19th century. It also forms a spectacular backdrop of the Sparrenburgfest – the annual medieval fair. The castle was build […]