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The Dahn's

(Altdahn, Grafendahn, Tanstein) Dahn (Kreis Pirmasens)

Altdahn is the oldest of a group of three castles on an extensive mountain ridge to the south-east of Dahn. It was built in the 12th century.

The neighboring castle, Grafendahn, is from the second half of the 13th century, Tanstein from the beginning of the 14th century. Despite extensive destruction, the group forms one of the most impressive defensive sites in the region. The upper castles are situated on five cliffs; a bridge linked the two plateaux of Tanstein. Artificially constructed passageways, stairways and chambers cut into the cliffs themselves were part of the castles, and even today convey an impression of primeval times.


 

 

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