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Schloss Hachenburg | Hachenburg

Hachenburg Castle


The city‘s castle is located at Hachenburg‘s highest point. The unique location of the castle hill

gives you a wide view over the hills of the Westerwald and of Siegerland all the into the Siebengebirge

region. This fact, as well as this spot‘s close proximity to the important Cologne-Leipzig and

Cologne-Frankfurt trade routes, led Count Henry III of Sayn to build a castle with a chapel here

in the year 1200.

The castle receive the name of the hill upon which it was built – „Hagenberg.“ „Hagen“ means

something like „thicket“ or „hedge.“ The castle walls erected at the time were to witness

the busy activity of the city to the or more than four centuries. The last lord of the castle was

Count Salentin Ernst von Manderscheid-Blankenberg who, through his marriage in the year 1651

to Countess Ernestine von Sayn-Hachenburg, was granted the castle and lordship of the county

named in his bride‘s title.

It is thanks to him that after the devastating city fire on 13 October 1654, the city was rebuilt in

its present-day form. After the death of Count Salentin, his uncle, Georg Friedrich, Lord of Kirchberg Castle

ordered architect Julius Ludwig Rothweil to build a baroque palace, using the rubble of the castle for

some of the necessary materials. The initials of the Castle Lord can still be seen on the wrought

iron door of the gateway. The extensive Baroque palace changed owner several times during the 20th Century: it served,

amongst many functions, as the District Court, as an apartment building and as the Local History

Museum. It was also used as a hotel for a period.

It has housed the University of the German Bundesbank since 1974.

You can reach us at:

Hochschule der Deutschen Bundesbank
57627 Hachenburg

Phone(0049) 2662 830


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