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Burg Blankenstein, Hattingen

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Blankenstein Castle is a castle located on the south side of the river Ruhr in Hattingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.May 12, 1226 Adolf I, Count of the Mark, gave the order to build the castle. He charged Truchsess Ludolf von Bönen with its construction, beginning in 1227. The castle was ready in 1243, but further developed over the course of 200 years by the Counts of the Mark. By 1425, Blankenstein was one of the most important castles in the county. In 1614, shortly before the Thirty Years' War, it was occupied by Spanish troops. From 1637, the castle fell into disrepair so that, in September 1662, Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg ordered its demolition. Only the tower and parts of the curtain wall remained.In 1860, the owner of the ruin, the employer, Gustav vom Stein, began to rebuild the castle and established a factory there. The property has belonged to the city of Bochum since 1922, but the town is looking for an alternative due to the costs. From 1957 to 1959, most of the buildings of the 19th century were pulled down, but some still remain.The tower can still be visited and offers a good view over Bochum and the Kemnader Lake.Literature Niederhöfer, Kai : Burgen AufRuhr. Unterwegs zu 100 Burgen, Schlössern und Herrensitzen in der Ruhrregion. Edited by Ministerium für Bauen und Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe. Essen: Klartext Verlag, pp. 120–123
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  • The church is located in an old square surrounded by cafes and old buildings. It's a very atmospheric part of the town and well worth exploring.  more »
  • Stunning views of the valley and the river Ruhr. Perfect for leisurely stroll in the area. They also have a restaurant and cafes nearby.  more »
  • After a pleasant walk from "Haus Kemmnade" over the Katzenstein to Burg Blankenstein we arrived at Blankenstein with well preserved old houses. Having a rest and a delicious ice at the Italian ice Caf...  more »
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  • Very beautiful historic ambience, location. 1 A kitchen, very good friendly service. Price - performance ratio top. It was lace.
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  • Very nice excursion destination and a good restaurant with a large outside catering.
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