#97 Burg Stahleck
Bacharach, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany
This is NOT an official Lego site
Stahleck's early history is a bit muddled. The castle is
variously said to have been originally built beginning in
1135 by the wealthy knight Goswin von Stahleck or
built somewhat earlier by the Archbishops of Cologne, but
later handed over to Konrad by his brother Frederick I
Barbarossa (1123-1190) in 1135! Konrad's daughter
inherited the castle. She is remembered for secretly
marrying the son of Henry the Lion, Duke of Bavaria, thus
ending one long and costly feud. Since the Investiture
Controversy with Rome resulted in widespread local
warfare with myriad knights and noblemen building castles,
Burg Stahleck became an important factor in control of
the lucrative Rhine River traffic.
history of Burg Stahleck is relatively quiet until the
seventeenth century. The castle was taken by the Swedes
in 1632 and bombarded in 1644 during the Thirty Year War.
The castle was extensively repaired and modernized
beginning in 1666 by the elector, Count Carl Ludwig and
devastated in 1689 by the army of Louis XIV of France,
when many other castles in the west of Germany were
destroyed as well. The ruin of Stahleck passed to Crown
Princess Elizabeth in 1829, a gift from her lover and
later King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Damaged curtain walls
were removed and a vineyard planted [see upper right
photo]. I have tried in my model to reproduce something
like the original castle. Extensive repair work was done
on the ruin from 1925-27 and the castle turned into a
youth hostel, which it remains today. It is reported to
be a rigorous 15 minute climb from the village of
Bacharach, probably best left to the young!
of the Model of Stahleck
under construction in late June and early July 2004
northwest view shows
fthe north barbican & moat.
northeast view slopes
downhill towards the Rhein.
bridge from the west
main entrance is built.
southwest view shows the
south barbican & bergfried base.
southeast angle ignores a
modern (?) residential range.
of the Lego Model
Built June-August 2004
Burg Stahleck from the
northwest with the gatehouse
north side showing
some of the sloping landscape
from the Rhine River on the left.
view of the castle
from the northeast suggests
the size of the Hall building.
southeast one can
appreciate the battlements as
seen from the vineyards.
closeup shows the main
gatehouse and protected castle
more detailed view of
some of the residential
accommodations from the SE.
(Bergfried) is massive
and shown in original state
(minus the 20th century roof!)
battlements are protected
and extensive, with two turrets
and a bridge into the donjon.
the main courtyard as
seen from the southeast.
detail of the main court-
yard entrance, and the door into
the Bergfried as well.
southwest the Great
Hall (Palas) can be appreciated
with its attic rooms and patio.
of the other end of
northwest range as
it could not be seen when the
Bergfried (keep) was completed.
finally the completed
curtain wall with watch
Other Stahleck pages, none being much good:
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