Ruine Hammerstein

Burg Hammerstein

56598 Hammerstein

First mentioned in 1020, the Hammerstein Castle of the Empire in the town of the same name represents the oldest verifiable castle complex of the Middle Rhine Valley.

Historians assume that a previous building was already erected in the 10th century. The ruin, located on the Rheinsteig trail, served as a depository for the Imperial Regalia. These regalia of the Holy Roman Empire - among other things, the Crown, Imperial Orb and Holy Lance - were finally transferred to Trifels Castle in 1125. Furthermore, Hammerstein Castle is the showplace of the legend of the historically founded the marriage between Otto I and Irmingard of Verdun: as Otto and Irmingrad were related to each by fourth degree, an objection to the marriage was raised through pressure by Erkanbald, the Archbishop of Mainz - following which the couple was excommunicated in Nijmegen in 1018.

Ruine Hammerstein
Burg Hammerstein von oben
Burg Hammerstein von oben_

Burg Hammerstein

56598 Hammerstein
Burg Hammerstein
56598 Hammerstein


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