Unusual is the location of this castle. Unlike most fortresses, it does not stand on a protective, hardly accessible rock. The builders made up for this with an extremely massive construction and left behind an astonishing fortress complex.
Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz
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Typically Staufian is the masonry of the 12th century on the original preserved parts. Especially worth seeing is the highest and best preserved keep of the Palatinate. From its 23-meter-high platform, one can look far into the Rhine plain. This was also necessary, because the castle was supposed to be the Benedictine abbey in nearby Klingenmünster. Inside the abbey, a museum with findings and display boards provides information about the life in the castle. Also impressive is the way over the 11-meter deep outer moat into the kennel, where enemies who have penetrated it can be seen from the inner castle wall could be taken under fire. The outer ring walls of the Zwinger were built in the 14th and 15th century, after the further had been invented for firearms with a longer range.