Hundsbach Castle

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Hundsbach Castle
Dam to shut off the valley

Dam to shut off the valley

Alternative name (s): Hundesbach, Huntzpach
Creation time : before 1332
Castle type : Niederungsburg
Conservation status: Wall remains, wall
Standing position : Nobles
Place: Rauschenberg - Ernsthausen
Geographical location 50 ° 52 '52.7 "  N , 8 ° 57' 40.7"  E Coordinates: 50 ° 52 '52.7 "  N , 8 ° 57' 40.7"  E
Height: 220  m above sea level NHN
Hundsbach Castle (Hesse)
Hundsbach Castle

The castle Hundsbach is an Outbound lowland castle in Hundsbachtal , a tributary of the Wohra , near the district Ernsthausen the city Rauschenberg in Marburg-Biedenkopf in Hessen .

When and by whom the castle was built is not documented. The castle, probably a tower castle , was a fuldish fief . Count Johann I von Ziegenhain enfeoffed the knight Johann von Riedesel in 1332 . A branch of the Riedesel von der Hundsbach family named itself after this castle . Witnesses testify that the castle was destroyed around 1400 due to road robberies by the Hessian landgraves with the Fulda abbot Johann I von Merlau and was not rebuilt.

Only small remains of the former castle are left. Two parallel dams can be seen to shut off the valley. Between these, the remains of a Hofbefestigung are probably a moated castle with outer bailey have found.

Hundsbach desert

The castle belongs to the deserted village of Hundsbach received in 1349 Johann Riedesel the Elder, Count Johann von Ziegenhain, Gaden and farm to Hundsbach as a fief . Until 1452 it was a fiefdom of Fulda and owned by the Lords of Erfurtshausen . This fief came later through inheritance to the Lords of Treisbach . In 1539 it went to the Rau von Holzausen . Further changes of ownership follow. From 1726 to 1809 the Counts of Seibelsdorf owned the place. After that, the lords of Bardeleben were feudal owners.


  • Rudolf Knappe: Medieval castles in Hessen. 800 castles, castle ruins and fortifications. 3. Edition. Wartberg-Verlag, Gudensberg-Gleichen 2000, ISBN 3-86134-228-6 , p. 253.
  • Georg Landau: Desert localities , p. 273.
  • Ulrich Reuling : Historisches Ortlexikon des Landes Hessen 3 , 1979, p. 141.

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