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Helfenstein Castle

Helfenstein Castle



Location: Geislingen an der Steige, Baden- W├╝rttemberg     Map

Constructed: 12th century by Eberhard von Helfenstein




Description of Helfenstein Castle


Helfenstein Castle stands in Geislingen an der Steige, Baden- W├╝rttemberg region of Germany. Helfenstein Castle was constructed in the 12th century by Eberhard von Helfenstein. The stronghold is perched on a mountain at an elevation of 610 meters above sea level. From here Counts of Helfenstein could control Fils Valley and an important trade route. Invention and wide use of firepower forced defenders to increase military fortifications to keep up with the growing offensive power. Eventually this medieval castle lost the competition. During Second Margrave War the castle fell in 1552 to armies of Margrave of Ansbach. The structure of the captured citadel was badly damaged. The walls and towers of Helfenstein Castle were eventually abandoned and rediscovered only by archeologists in the beginning of the 20th century. Expedition here worked on cleaning the forest under supervision of Georg Burkhardt between 1932 and 1938.












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