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Eckartsburg

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Description:

The Eckartsburg is a partly preserved ruin, which offers the visitor a lot of sights worth seeing.

The Eckartsburg can be divided into a main castle and an outer castle. One enters the outer castle through an 8.2 m long archway with a niche as a dwelling for the gatekeeper, also used as a prison (Stüntz). The keep, a prison or torture tower, has been preserved. The 2.50 m thick walls rest directly on the rock. The height of the tower is 22 m. Inside there is a
The Eckartsburg is a partly preserved ruin, which offers the visitor a lot of sights worth seeing.

The Eckartsburg can be divided into a main castle and an outer castle. One enters the outer castle through an 8.2 m long archway with a niche as a dwelling for the gatekeeper, also used as a prison (Stüntz). The keep, a prison or torture tower, has been preserved. The 2.50 m thick walls rest directly on the rock. The height of the tower is 22 m. Inside there is a barrel vault with an opening through which the prisoners were lowered. At a height of 9 m the actual tower door can be seen.

The main castle is entered through a gate 10.4 m long and 2.8 m wide with walls 3 m thick. On the south side are the only preserved living quarters, which today house the restaurant and the innkeeper's flat. In time for the castle's anniversary in 1998, the palace was rebuilt and now serves as a cultural centre.

The Jungfernturm on the south side of these former rooms has windows and pechnoses for defence. The showpiece of the castle is the 36 m high keep, which served as a watchtower and as accommodation. It has 5 floors, the first of which is filled with rubble. The thickness of the wall is 2.5 m up to the 3rd floor, then about 1.5 m, so that a battlement of 1 m exists.

The view from the large keep impresses numerous visitors. The original wheel of the forester Karl Freiherr von Drais, invented in Mannheim in 1817, is now back in its original place in the castle hall of the Eckartsburg. Of further interest to the visitor is the diorama and a smaller museum housed in the keep. Ekkehard I of Meissen had Eckartsburg Castle built in 998 to secure his empire and protect the trade routes. The large residential tower today houses a diorama. It shows the double battle of Jena and Auerstedt (14.10.1806) with over 6000 tin figures.

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April to May:

Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

June to October:

daily 11:00 - 18:00 o'clock

November to March:

Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
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Where:

Address:

Eckartsburg

Castle trail 13 B
06648 Eckartsberga
Phone: +49 34467 4190 - 10
E-mail: info@eckartsburg.com
website: http://www.eckartsburg.com/

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