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Aerial view of the Kastelburg

Aerial view of the Kastelburg

Creation time : 1250 to 1260
Castle type : Höhenburg, spur location
Conservation status: ruin
Standing position : Free nobles
Place: Waldkirch
Geographical location 48 ° 5 '51 "  N , 7 ° 57' 28"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 5 '51 "  N , 7 ° 57' 28"  E
Height: 368.3  m above sea level NHN

The Kastelburg is the ruin of a hilltop castle at 368.3  m above sea level. NHN above Waldkirch in the Emmendingen district of Baden-Württemberg . It stands on a hill 100 meters above the city center of Waldkirch.


The Kastelburg was built between 1250 and 1260 by the Lords of Schwarzenberg . Like the older Schwarzenburg on the opposite side of the valley, it served to defend the town of Waldkirch and to control the trade route through the Elz Valley .

The first resident of the castle was Johann I von Schwarzenberg. In 1354 the castle was sold to Martin Malterer from Freiburg im Breisgau , who died in the Battle of Sempach in 1386 . In 1396, Count Hermann von Sulz became the feudal owner. In 1442 the castle finally came to the Lords of Staufen .

During the Thirty Years' War , the castle was destroyed by imperial troops on March 14, 1634 in order not to have to leave it to the advancing Swedish troops.

The ruin has been structurally secured since 2002 by the Kastelburg in Not working group .


Of the castle, among other things than are observation tower mountable 28 meters high square keep with a side length of 12 meters and up to 4 meters thick walls, a roundabout as well as consisting of basement floor and two upper floors Palas obtained.


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