Location: Stecklenberg, Saxony- Anhalt  Map

Constructed: 12th century



Ruins of medieval Stecklenburg Castle are located near Stecklenberg, Saxony- Anhalt region of Germany. It was constructed in 12th century.


Geographical location
The ruins of the Stecklenburg are located on the north-eastern slope of the Burgberg (356.1 m above sea level), south of Stecklenberg (district of the city of Thale), a northern branch of the Ramberg massif. The ruins of the two-part Lauenburg Castle are on the average about 630 m to the southwest.

The hilltop castle was built in the 11th century on the remains of an older castle complex. In the 12th century it was destroyed in a battle but rebuilt. The owners were the Knights von Stecklenberg, mentioned in the 12th and 13th centuries, whose descendants probably emigrated to the Baltic States, where Henricus de Stackelberg was first mentioned in Riga in 1306. The monastery in Halberstadt became the new owner of the Mecklenburg in 1281.

The Mecklenburg region was inhabited until the beginning of the 18th century. Afterwards, some of the castle's buildings such as the brewery and the castle chapel were demolished. It became a complete ruin and served as a quarry. It was saved from complete destruction by the objection of the then chief forester von Thale, who was committed to preserving the structure.

The castle ruin Stecklenburg is a protected monument and a popular excursion destination. Some walls of residential buildings and the remains of the keep have been preserved.