3 weeks ago
“burg runkel” 🏰 - the beautiful village of runkel!! ❤️
thank-you so kindly for sharing this with us, and also for tagging travel_2_germany!! 🇩🇪 @islevreust
one of my favorite cute little towns
“this once-mighty castle stands high on a hill above an age-old stone bridge crossing germany’s lahn river.
while it was built to guard the river crossing, the castle’s more- than-800-year history has had as much to do with family quarrels as foreign invaders.
although it is probably older, the first mention of the castle is in 1159. less than 100 years later, in a family squabble, siegfried von runkel forced heinrich von runkel from the castle. heinrich, in turn, built schadeck castle across the river from runkel, and the rift split the runkel-westerburg lineage.
the building of the bridge began in 1440, but because of hostility between the two families, it took eight years to finish.