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Baldenau Castle near Morbach

Located in the charming valley of the upper Dhron brook, Baldenau Castle was built by the Trier Elector and Archbishop Balduin of Luxemburg around the year 1320. Initially designed as a hunting lodge, it was later on, beginning in 1324, completed to a residential seat through the construction of additional buildings, stables, and barns.

When approaching Baldenau Castle from what direction soever, one is always impressed by the mighty keep (central tower) with its 25m height and 10m width. Once having entered the inner courtyard, one gets even more impressed by two more characteristics: the keep's wall is 3.5m thick and its original entrance is about 10m above the ground. In consequence, people could enter the keep only over wooden stairs and a gallery from the northern fortification wall. The surrounding moat is 12m wide. During the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), Baldenau Castle was seriously damaged by Swedish troops, but reconstructed throughout the years 1649-1654. However, only 35 years later, in 1689, the French army devastated the castle in a definite way.

The world-renowned movie director Edgar Reitz stems from nearby Morbach. His well-known movie trilogy "Heimat", a Hunsrück family saga, has become a memorial to the area. It is not surprising then that a key scene in the movie was filmed at Baldenau Castle. In fact, the castle's unique location along with its mystic charm create a perfect setting for great stories. And this has been the case ever since Balduin's time.

Baldenau Castle, the moated medieval fortress in winter («Idarwald» Forest)
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