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Hardenburg

Bad Dürkheim-Hardenburg (Kreis Bad Dürkheim)

Hardenburg Castle, to the west of Bad Dürkheim, is one of the largest castle ruins in the region. From the time of its foundation at the beginning of the 13th century until its destruction in 1794 during the French Revolutionary wars, the castle served as the residence of the counts and later princes of Leiningen.

Only a few remnants of the masonry of the medieval castle have survived, as the whole structure was rebuilt in the 16th century as a massive Renaissance fortress with high gun-towers. The "ball tower" conveys a unique impression with cannon balls embedded in the masonry to demonstrate the walls' imperviousness to artillery shots.

The erstwhile residential building also includes a cellar with massive ribbed vaulting bearing the date 1509.

 

 

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