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Genoveva Castle (Genovevaburg), Mayen

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Incorporated into medieval town fortifications, the castle of Genovevaburg stands on the southwestern side of Mayen in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The castle is the symbol of Mayen and has been rebuilt several times since first being destroyed in 1689. Its name comes from a legend, according to which the seats of counts palatine, Siegfried and his wife, Genevieve of Brabant (German: Genoveva), were supposed to be on the same hill in (or above) Mayen. The earliest references linking the legend to this region date to the 17th century. Since when the castle and its bergfried, the so-called Golo Tower (Goloturm), have been linked to the legend is unknown.Literature Fridolin Hörter: Die kurfürstliche Burg und das Landschaftsmuseum in Mayen . 1st edn., Gesellschaft für Buchdruck, Neuss, 1980, ISBN 3-88094-322-2. Matthias Kordel: Die schönsten Schlösser und Burgen in der Eifel. 1st edn.,Wartberg, Gudensberg-Gleichen, 1999, ISBN 3-86134-482-3, pp. 44–45. Udo Liessem: Die Burg in Mayen. Eine gotische Anlage westlicher Prägung. In: Burgen und Schlösser. No. 1, 1982, pp. 2–6. Michael Losse: Hohe Eifel und Ahrtal. 57 Burgen und Schlösser. Konrad Theiss, Stuttgart, 2003, ISBN 3-8062-1775-0, pp. 62–65.
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  • We travelled over to Mayen during the Easter break from our base in Adenau. We parked for free within a stone's throw of the Genoveva castle and walked past the old fashioned English telephone box to ...  more »
  • I came looking for information about the land where my father's came from. The receptionist and the currator took the time to help me get a sense of the history of the Eifels and its industry. Very go...  more »
  • I love castles, yet this one "as a castle" was a bit different: the building was great, and there was a great museum in an old abandoned mine underneath the castle, but the interior of the castle itse...  more »
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  • The greatest Castle in Rhineland-Palatinate
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  • The Genovevaburg is one of the landmarks of the city of Mayen, and is situated on a cliff top above the market square. The Eifel Museum with German Slate mine is located under the Castle. The Herz-Jesu-Kirche was during the period 1911-1912 built with its two towers, as well as included the St. Clemens church with the twisted Tower as well as the many gates in the medieval city fortification. The market place with many shopping invite you to snap at the old town hall. A wonderful historic half-timbered House is located in a side street of the pedestrian area, that is home to a goldsmith workshop. Visit the city of Mayen, with the many sights was a great excursion for our family, for all to recommend that want to learn more about our home. Our home is so beautiful!
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