More Castle Picspam - Weidelsburg
This one was a journey back the memory lane. The castles I'll present today are some I've seen as teenager when we lived on the other side of Kassel and the Habichtswald Forest. My father came along, because for him those places hold memories, too.
Weidelsburg, inner curtain walls
The Weidelsburg, first mentioned in the 12th century, is the largest castle in northern Hessia. It doesn't stand comparison with places like Pembroke or Caernarfon, but it's still a pretty impressive sight. It's also situated on top of a hill as usual, and the parking lot is on the foot of the hill. But the mountains of the Habichtswald are not as bad as some of those in the Harz.Weidelsburg, eastern palas building
The Weidelsburg has two palas
(the word is related to 'palace') buildings. A palas
is the central house with the great hall on the lower floor and the family rooms above. The west building is undergoing renovation right now and mostly wrapped in scaffolding. They're cleaning the stones and replace the crumbling mortar. Next year, the east palas
will get the same treatment.Weidelsburg, view through the east door into the bailey
The Weidelsburg, like so many castles in Germany, was built to protect tradeways. In 1266 it was sold to the archbishop of Mainz, and it came to a quarrel between the archbishop and Landgrave Heinrich (again *sigh*) of Hessen during which the castle was destroyed. The parts remaining today date to the rebuilding about hundred years later.