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  • Rock of Berwartstein
    Rock of Berwartstein
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    The rock entrance hole :-)
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  • More of the original rock :)
    More of the original rock :)
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    Wasgau region, full with rock castles

    by Trekki Updated Aug 12, 2013

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    Magic and thick Palatinate Forest

    Favorite thing: The region of Palatinate Forest where Berwartstein Fortress is located is called Wasgau. It is connected to Vosges in French Alsace and to Lorraine. In this German-French part is the highest density of former and still existing castles and fortresses in middle Europe. Many of them are of “newer” date and of rocca type (sitting high on a rock) or moated castles or of motte-and-bailey type. And then there are the rock castles, where typical sandstone rocks of this geographical part have been used to carve rooms and hallways into to build an almost impregnable home and refuge. It is easy to spend a week minimum in this region to visit several castles per day.

    A list of the castles and fortresses, ableit both websites in German:
    Castles and fortresses in Palatinate
    Castles and fortresses in Alsace

    Of these, I have visited three up to now, apart from Berwartstein Chateau Fleckenstein and ruins of Alt-Dahn.

    Location of Ruins of Alt-Dahn on Google Maps,
    Location of Drachenfels Castle on Google Maps,
    Location of Chateau Fleckenstein on Google Maps,
    Location of Wegelnburg on Google Maps,
    Location of Löwenstein on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., September 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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    Berwartstein: very much typical rock castle

    by Trekki Updated Feb 24, 2012

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    Rock of Berwartstein
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    Favorite thing: In contrast to the majority of castles and fortresses we know, rock castles have been built by using naturally existing rocks, omnipresent in Palatinate Forest. The rock Berwartstein was built on top of is relatively high, approx. 100 metres. It is only “accessible” during the guided tours, although accessible only from the outside. From there we could see the inclining gangway or corridor up to the castle. It is no longer in use and it is very wise not to try it! Although I felt very much inspired to do so when we were there. Two small kids and i kept standing there when the guide with the rest of the group already went to the next part. I could sense that the kids wanted to try and so did I, but at the end, common sense arrived in my head and I told the kids we better not do it. It must have been hard to get into the castle during these days when ropes and rope-ladders were let down to get the visitors or inhabitants up there. Just imagine how difficult it was for knights with all their armour! Ladies were let up via a kind of block and tackle thing. Later on, in the casemates, we could see another hole in the ceiling where knights and soldiers could get up into the protecting rooms of the higher fortress, another hole which inspired our kids’ dreams....

    © Ingrid D., September 2011.

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