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Once upon a time, the castle defences offered protection for the area and its people and it was a seat of government.

Even today, the castle ruin of Weißenstein is one of the most important castle sites in Eastern Bavaria. The castle walls can be seen from far away. When the Counts of Bogen built the castle in 1100, they chose this site for a reason: The castle sits 750 metres above sea level directly on the quarz rocks of the Pfahl, which stretches for many kilometres through the Bavarian Forest and reaches its highest point in Weißenstein.

For many years, the castle resisted attacks. But it was almost destroyed in 1742 during the Austrian War of Succession: only a few buildings, including the great castle tower, survived. Knights, maidens, archers, sword fighters, entertainers and market traders remind us of life in those days and the battle around the castle every 2 years at a big medieval spectacle.

Children can also be reminded of the middle ages during craft afternoons. There is a breathtaking view of the whole of the Bavarian Forest from the castle.

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  • Copyright: georg nowak (jurek1951) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2654 W: 166 N: 5778] (42014)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-03-23
  • Categories: Architecture, Ruins
  • Exposure: f/5.0
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-13 3:45
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