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Hanstein Castle (Burgruine Hanstein), Bornhagen

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Hanstein Castle is a ruined castle in Central Germany near Bornhagen in the Eichsfeld, situated above the river Werra in Thuringia. The name of the nobles von Hansteins, most notable Fritz Huschke von Hanstein, derived from the castle.HistoryAccording to the cronicles of Corvey Abbey a haanstedihus was given to one Eilhard between 826 and 853. The chronicler Lambert of Hersfeld mentioned the destruction of Burg Hanenstein, then in possession of Saxon Count Otto von Northeim, by King Henry IV in 1070. The castle was inherited by the House of Welf and in 1203 it was in the possession of Count Palatine Henry V, then of his brother Emperor Otto IV, who in 1209 granted it to the Archbishopric of Mainz.In 1308, Heinrich and Lippold von Hanstein with the permission of Bishop Peter of Aspelt began to re-build the whole of the castle. The walls and gates destroyed during the Thirty Years' War were re-built between 1655 and 1658. In 1840, the building of a new hall for family conferences was being finished.
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  • This fortress was once in the former east Germany and an unknown attraction for the west. Since the unification of Germany both this ruin and the nearby Ludwigstein are both well worth visiting in a d...  more »
  • This little ruin of a middle age castle is well worth a visit and a well known attraction among locals, while quite unknown to tourists. It lies within beautiful surroundings and offers stunning views...  more »
  • A great castle to visit and view, that you won't find on the map! Entrance for the cheap price of only 2.50 Euro. Well worth the money. Partially restored, and partially in ruins. Compares well with o...  more »
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  • Fantastic castle ruins, right on the old border between west and east. Must have missed one of the road signs because it took a while to find our way there, but the view from up there is absolutely fantastic!
  • Can be strengthened yet once inexpensive beautiful view in front of the entrance to the castle itself. Even if you shy away from the entry price (although here more to see than on Castle Berlepsch) you can walk there to the Devil's pulpit. Most definitely worth a visit!
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  • The low entrance fee of € 3.50 is invested in the preservation of the Castle very well. Beautiful views of the surroundings. Parking is free of charge. As well as the clean and well-maintained restrooms. The Castle lawn invites to the picnic.
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  • Beautiful, quiet location with insanely beautiful views, entry €3.50 I pay da love. More accessible and great for kids to the explore
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  • Nice ruin. Much to see. Something to eat would be nice in the spring. A bratwurst fits the atmosphere!!
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