In December, Nanstein Castle is closed during the winter break.
Nanstein Castle was first mentioned in a document in 1253. In the 13th to 15th centuries it was an imperial castle, which in the 14th and 15th centuries in particular was owned by a castle community with numberous commoners and multiple changes of ownership. From 1518, Franz von Sickingen, as the sole owner, expanded it into a defense system supposedly suitable for firearms. In 1523 there was a siege by Elector Ludwig V of the Palatinate, Archbishop Richard of Trier and Landgrave Philip I of Hesse. With the largest artillery contingent of the time, the castle was shot ready to attack and Franz von Sickingen, the rebellious knight, was seriously injured. He dies on May 7, 1523.
From 1543, the Sickingen descendants converted the castle into a renaissance castle. During the Thirty Years War there were changing crews. In 1668, Elector Palatinate captured the castle and the complex was patrially blown up. French troops destroyed other parts of the castle in 1689. From 1869 the castle was patrially renovated again.
The patrially rebuilt battery tower from the time of Franz von Sickingen is patricularly impressive.
The Burgberg rises 80 meters above the city and offers a wide view over Landstuhl to the North Palatinate Uplands.
Events at the castle
The 100 meter long and 50 meter wide castle forms the romantic backdrop for the Landstuhl Castle Games, concerts and castle tours in the summer.
With 70 indoor seats and approx. 150 seats on the viewing terrace, the "Burgschänke" invites you to stop off directly below the castle ruins.
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