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Merzalben (Kreis Pirmasens)

The castle ruin near the village of Merzalben is extremely well preserved. Its upper castle, with the castle keep, residential buildings and high ring wall, were erected in the first half of the 13th century on a tabletop-like clifftop.

The clearly bonded masonry in massive rustic-work is typical for castles built at the time of the Hohenstaufen emperors. The lower castle (13th to 15th centuries), which once contained seven castle guards' houses, surrounds the rock in a broad oval.




 

 

 


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