"BURG FEUERSTEIN" Gößweinstein Off The Beaten Path Tip by balhannah
Gößweinstein Off The Beaten Path: 3 reviews and 8 photos
At the town of Ebermannstadt, we followed a Brown tourist sign, that took us 7km's up the Mountain side to the Burg. When we reached the top, we found the huge, lovely, old grey stone building that was Burg Feuerstein.
"THIS CASTLE HAS QUITE A HISTORY DURING THE WAR YEARS'
The interest in the Burg does come from old age, but of the history of what went on here during the war.
The site was chosen for camoflauge, and during the War, it was disguised as a medical device (brick red cross on the roof), but inside, was a lab for secret military projects of the National Socialists.
This in not an old Burg by any means, only being built in 1941 and used by Professor Oskar Vierling as a laboratory for research in radio frequency technology and electro-acoustics.
In 1945, there were 250 employees working here, researching weapons and communications technology for the German armament of World War II.
Vierling worked on behalf of the Nazis to voice encryption methods, acoustic torpedo steering systems, ignition systems of acoustic mines, anti-tracking technology for submarines, and radio and electrical engineering. The tower of the castle is was also used as an observatory and a radio relay station to connect to the bottom of the valley town Ebermannstadt.
After the war it was abandoned, construction plans and documents were destroyed.
Since 1949, the Castle has become a Catholic youth and meeting place. It has been enlarged to include bedroom's, Dining room and to include lots of sport activities.
It consists of three church areas, the crypt , the crypt and the upper church
The Burg is located 6kms from Erbermannstadt.
Ebermannstadt is located 14kms from Gossweinstein.