"Plassenburg Castle" Kulmbach Things to Do Tip by Elena77

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Plassenburg Castle had first been mentioned in 1135 when Count Berthold II von Andechs entitled himself "Comes de Plassenberch". The castle used to be the seat of the noble family of Andechs - Meran for more than 200 years until it fell to the mighty Hohenzollern dynasty. Until the late 16th century Plassenburg castle remained their main seat and the administrative centre of their dominions. In late 15th and early 16th century it gained some sad "fame" for being the place of internment of Margravine Barbara von Brandenburg (who got imprisoned by her own brothers because she refused to marry) and Margrave Friedrich zu Brandenburg (imprisoned for 12 years by his own son). In late 16th century Plassenburg withstood a 7 months siege until the castle garrisons finally had to surrender at June 21st 1554. The victorious troops destroyed the main buildings and systems of defence. Extensive restauration followed only 3 years later.
Plassenburg is one of the most impressive castles of Germany, it is famous for its' beautiful renaissance architecture and today houses several museums, including the army museum of Emperor Friedrich the Great and the Hohenzollern museum.

Address: Festungsberg, 95326 Kulmbach
Directions: Kulmbach town, 24 km North of Bayreuth
othercontact: www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisc
Phone: +49 9221 82200
Website: http://www.kulmbach.de/xist4c/web/Plassenburg-Castle_id_609_.htm

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  • Updated Sep 20, 2007
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