The castle Niederburg is situated a bit outside of Manderscheid, on a rock in the valley. So be prepared to take many stairs! But you'll find several benches if you want to take a short break!
The castle first was mentioned in the 12th century and today is ruined. But there's still enough left to get a good impression on it's earlier size, it once must have been very impressive! There's a tower that you can climb up and from which you have a great view down on the castle, on the Oberburg and the valley.
Each yer end of August, there's a Knight's Festival (see www.burgenfest.info) next to the castle and in December, there's a Christmas Market.
Admission: adults 2 €, children (up to 17) 0,70 €
Open April to October, daily except Tuesday, from 10:30 to 17.00.
As the name implies, the Oberburg is located above the Niederburg. It's on another hill, separated from the Niederburg by a small river. It's the older one, and said to date from the 10th century. The Oberburg also is ruined, like the Niederburg. It seems to be smaller, but I cannot tell much as we didn't visit it and just saw it from the Niederburg.
Every year on the last weekend in August, medieval life bursts forth in bright colors as the Lierser valley fills with people wanting to see jousting and other knightly skills and activities.
To get to the valley, follow the path just to the side of Niederburg and cross the footbridge to the beautiful grass field.
There are benches built into the hill to accomodate a hundred people or so and offers some shade relief from the heat. A few seesaws and swings offer other activities to entertain children. Also, a stone structure has been constructed for water closets and possibly refreshments.
Mosenbergstr. 22, Manderscheid, Rhineland-Palatinate, 54531, Germany
Good for: Couples
Wittlicherstr. 2, Manderscheid, 54531, de
Good for: Families
Daunerstr 10, Manderscheid, 54531, de
Klosterstrasse 18, Manderscheid, Rhineland-Palatinate, 54531, Germany
Situated right at the foot of Niederburg, the restaurant and patio blend into the woods on 3 sides while the 4th side is open to view the castle ruins across the road.
Favorite Dish: Bitte ein Bit.... a Bitburger beer.