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Burg Runkel, Runkel

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Runkel Castle, a ruined hill castle from the High Middle Ages, is located in the city of Runkel in the Landkreis Limburg-Weilburg in the state of Hesse, Germany.LocationNestled in the valley of the Lahn River, the town and castle are, in a straight line, 3.75mi east of Limburg an der Lahn, 18.6mi southwest of Wetzlar and 37mi northwest of Frankfurt am Main. The hill fort is situated at 492ft above sea level and rises about 115ft to 131ft above the valley of the Lahn.HistoryAs the hill had already attracted the attention of the Celts, it is probable they gave it its name: “Run – kall”, the Celtic word for “rock mountain”. In 1159, a Sigfridus de Runkel was mentioned in the documents but the castle was built a little earlier by a man with the same name, probably on the orders of the Holy Roman Emperor, perhaps Frederick Barbarossa, to protect the strategic pass between Weilburg and the southern side of the region. At the time of the castle was built, there was just a ferry. The bridge was not built until the Late Middle Ages.
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  • You get a leaflet that explains all the key points of the Castle and paid a reasonable entrance fee (4). Everything is very impressive and athmosphärisch with (up to some exhibits in the collection of weapons, which are obviously not medieval).
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  • The castle is located on the bike tour from Weilburg to Limburg. It is einschöbest town with a great castle. It is worth there to look out two Greens: one has top views and if you are coming from Neuwied a great impression where the Princes of Wied. That was really exciting. Otherwise, there is much to watch and certainly exciting for children to explore everything. Please send the kids not alone quite high on the tower. There is no high railing
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  • A very nice Castle and an interesting private collection of old weapons. When you walk through the winding corridors of the keep which makes not only the children fun who feel little Princess or a Knight. It is also something for the historic interested Castle friend. The rifles are explained in a guided tour.
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  • Was positively surprised at how much there is to see at this castle. Took my visiting family there and they loved it.
  • Beautiful and very reasonably priced. Very well maintained and set up, gives you a real sense of what life must have been there centuries ago. A nice selection of artifacts.
  • Really nice castle with great views from the towers.
  • A very neat old fortress on the Lahn river.
  • So amazing to see a city named after my x6th great grandfather Herzlich Willkommen Runkel. Also to see our family castle still standing. Amazing beyond words.

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