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Walter Otto Koenig | profile | all galleries >> Germany >> Schloss Eisenbach tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Schloss Eisenbach

Schloss Eisenbach is a castle hidden on the eastern edge of the Vogelsberg Mountains in Central Germany.
Its earliest documentation is from the year 1217. The castle was destroyed in 1269, but rebuilt within ten years.
Since 1429 the Riedesel family, the hereditary Marshalls of Hesse have owned the property and until 1806 they also owned the nearby city of Lauterbach as well as 52 villages.
The Riedesel Lands also called the "Junkerland" were in effect an independent country over 500 years and were ruled from this castle.
Apart for minor renovations, there have been few alterations or additions of note since the 17th Century making this a unique castle in Germany.
As not many people know if its existence, and it is rarely visited by tourists, the purpose of this gallery is to document a castle that has been continuously lived in by the same family for almost 600 years.
This gallery will be in presented in the exact order I walked and photographed it during my last visit.
Outbuildings
Outbuildings
Approach to the Main Gate
Approach to the Main Gate
Gatehouse
Gatehouse
Service Buildings
Service Buildings
Palas
Palas
The Palas
The Palas
Stables and Castle Church
Stables and Castle Church
The Inner Castle
The Inner Castle
Gatehouse
Gatehouse
Stables
Stables
Gatehouse and Service Building
Gatehouse and Service Building
Th Inner Castle
Th Inner Castle
Castle Church
Castle Church
Builder Coats of Arms
Builder Coats of Arms
Gatehouse and Defense Tower
Gatehouse and Defense Tower
Stables and Old Palas
Stables and Old Palas
An Old Well
An Old Well
In the Moat
In the Moat
The Old Window
The Old Window
The Doorway
The Doorway
Outside the Wall
Outside the Wall
Outer Fortification
Outer Fortification
The New Palas
The New Palas
Defensive Wall and Tower
Defensive Wall and Tower
Outside Looking In
Outside Looking In
Gable Side
Gable Side
North Facade
North Facade
Windows
Windows
North Facade
North Facade
Abandoned
Abandoned
The Back Door
The Back Door
Closed Windows
Closed Windows
Outer Court
Outer Court
Door to the Dungeon
Door to the Dungeon
The Outer Court
The Outer Court
Main Tower
Main Tower
Bridge
Bridge
Builders Arms
Builders Arms
Inner Courtyard
Inner Courtyard
Palas Entrance
Palas Entrance
Stari Tower
Stari Tower
Inner Gate
Inner Gate
Castle Church
Castle Church
Outer Court
Outer Court
A Parting Shot
A Parting Shot