Lebendige Geschichte

Knights. Armors. Ruins.


Damsels flit through the narrow corridors in long robes. Knights stride up the steps in their heavy chain mail. Horses puff in the courtyard. Close your eyes and embark on a journey back in time to the Middle Ages within the walls of the Manderscheider castles.  

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Many steps to the upper castle

The upper castle is located on a flattened mountain top. Your discovery tour therefore begins with many steps. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over Manderscheid and the Lieser Valley. As you can still see from the ruins, the castle had an almost triangular outer wall and a five-story keep. In the meantime, you can enter this tower again, climb the stairs inside and look down on the Niederburg. With a little imagination you can guess what a cauldron of fire the narrow Lieser Valley was in the Middle Ages. Dangers lurked everywhere.

The Niederburg - a seat of power steeped in history

In the 12th century, the lords of Manderscheid ruled in the Niederburg. In the Middle Ages they were an important noble family. Under William V, the until then rather manageable castle was expanded into a magnificent seat of power with fortifications - you can still see that today during your visit.

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Manderscheider castle festival

Swords clatter, hooves patter and jugglers play their tricks. In August, the castles of Manderscheid are transformed into a medieval showplace. Knights fight for the favor of the damsels, rulers fight over territory.

This is the highlight of the Historical Castle Festival at Niederburg Manderscheid, which takes place every year at the end of August. Here the beautiful and cheerful sides of the Middle Ages are revived and attract thousands of visitors every summer. Balladeers, jugglers or craftsmen show their skills and arts, medieval music groups give their best - a colorful spectacle.


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