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    OK, Neckarsteinach is not a castle...but it is a town, with FOUR castles (not to mention Fortress Dilsberg across the river) & it’s one of my favorite places to visit.

    From Heidelberg, driving east up the Neckar River, the first castle one encounters in the Schwalbenest, also known as Burg Schadeck. It’s small, in poor repair, & hard to get to, despite the ubiquitous hiking path. Bligger V, the nephew of the minnesaenger, started this castle in 1230 AD. The castle was abandoned in 1653, & used by the Robber Baron Lindenschmitt & his gang in the early 18th century. The tower on the right in the photo was unhistorically renovated in the 19th century.
    Remnants of the “palace”, or great hall, can be seen in form of markings on the wall. This place must been a bear to attack, since it’s hard just to walk to the ruins now.
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    The second (and my favorite) of the castles one encounters is the Hinterburg. This is the oldest of the set, having been started in 1100 by Bligger I. His son was Bligger II, the minnesaenger & it was he who built most of the castle. The walls of the tower at 3 meters thick, & are capped by a modern viewing platform that overlooks the city & environs -- it’s worth the climb. There are some lovely gothic windows in the castle wall -- all that remains of the former palace. As one wanders the baileys, one can see the strong walls, extensive buildings, deep moat, & outbuildings.
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    • #3
      The Mittelburg is privately owned & not open to the general public. It is in excellent repair. It was begun in 1170 by Konrad I, the brother of Bligger II (the minnesaenger). In about 1550, Landschad Hans Bleickardt I, Marshal of the Heidelberger Kurfürstenhof, began a renovation program, including an outer wall & a new tower. The whole place was overhauled again in 1820, in the pseudo-romantic style of the day. Johannes Freiherr von Warsberg & his family currently occupy it.
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      • #4
        The last of the castles is the Vorderburg. The minnesinger’s son, Ulrich I, began its building in about 1200 AD. The whole place was renovated in the 14th century, hence the arms which were installed in about 1370/80. It later passed into the hands of the Bishop of Worms & now belongs to the Freiherr von Warsberg (above) who has it rented. It, too, is closed to the public – you can’t even get close to the place.

        Neckarsteinach is about 20 minutes away up the Neckar from Heidelberg. The drive is beautiful & the walking paths are well maintained.

        JS
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        • #5
          Like the top one - "proper" Castle that one!

          Not too sure about numbers 2 and 4 - but number 3 is very nice.

          These are cracking pictures.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
            Like the top one - "proper" Castle that one!

            Not too sure about numbers 2 and 4 - but number 3 is very nice.

            These are cracking pictures.

            Dr. S.
            3, as I stated, is completely intact, as is 4. But 4 is just too small -- you can't see it over the trees. 1 & 2 are in ruins. You should see it as you drive down the riverside road and the castles come into view one after another -- it's magnificent!

            JS
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