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Prunn Castle was first mentioned in a document in the year 1037. A period of prosperity followed during the late Gothic period when it was owned by the Frauenberg knights of Haag: fragments of frescoes in the former guard-room and a manuscript of the Nibelungenlied, the
Prunner Codex(today in the Bavarian State Library in Munich) date from this time. Life in the castle is illustrated by rooms such as the women's chamber and the kitchen. In 1827 King Ludwig I of Bavaria ordered the castle to be preserved as a historic monument, thus rescuing it from imminent decay.
Hours: April-October: 9 am-6 pm, open daily. November-March: 10 am-4 pm, closed Mondays.
Admission: Adults 4 €, Concessions 3 €.
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Rosenburg Castle and Falconry
Rosenburg Castle, probably built in the middle of the 12th century, was acquired by the Dukes of Bavaria in 1196, and from then on remained in the hands of the House of Wittelsbach. The core of this large complex is Romanesque; it was twice destroyed and rebuilt and in 1525 first acquired its present appearance, which is dominated by the residential building in South German Renaissance style with its crow-step gables. Among the highlights is the chapel on the ground floor with wall paintings dating from around 1560.
The castle is now used by a privately run falconry with a Museum of Hunting and Falconry; falconry demonstrations are held in the castle courtyard.
Hours: March-October: 9 am-5 pm, closed Mondays. Falconry demonstrations at 11 am and 3 pm. Closed November-February.
Admission: The castle and the restaurant can only be visited with a ticket for the falconry. Adults 7 €, Children 4 €. Please see the website for more information.
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The town of Riedenburg is located in the heart of BAVARIA, right between Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) and Nuremberg (Nuremberg vacation rentals | Nuremberg travel guide) in the Altmühl Valley Nature Reserve. Hundreds of thousands of day visitors and holidaymakers come every year to this town, where nature has created a magnificent landscape in the course of millions of years.
Things to See
A town with three castles: Rabenstein and Tachenstein, two of the fortresses atop the rocky heights are in ruins, but the third one, Rosenburg Castle, Riedenburg's best known building, is still full of life today. It houses a falconry center together with the Museum of Falconry, and the flying displays with falcons, kites and eagles attract visitors from far and wide. Flying displays are every day at 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. except Monday. Call for a taxi for transfer to the castle by +49 (0) 9442/1729
There are two other castles in the vicinity: Eggersberg Castle, now an exclusive hotel and restaurant, combined with the fascinating County Museum. Prunn Castle, which enjoys great fame as the epitome of a medieval knights castle.
The little town of Riedenburg, which stretches on either bank of the Altmühl, can rightly be called "The Pearl of the Lower Altmühl Valley". Everything possible is done to ensure the well-being of the town's visitors. Holidaymakers are almost spoiled for choice: Culture or nature. Why not combine the two?
A visit to the Crystal Museum in Riedenburg with the world's largest rock crystal cluster is a must. The Museum is located in a flat building down on the bank of the river beside the concrete road bridge, it can be reached by foot within 15 min. from the boat station.
The museum of sound at Riedenburg presents a unique of music reproduction appliances.
Strongly recommended too is a trip to the Farm Museum in Echendorf and the Hammer Mill in Hexenagger.
Then there is the typical Jura valley of the Schambach, a beautiful little river, that flows into the Altmühl near Riedenburg. This valley is best explored on foot or by bicycle. Altogether walking and cycling are the most popular leisure activities in the woods and forests round here and the footpaths and cycle tracks are all clearly signposted.
In the rivers you can fish for pike, carp, eels, pike-perch and many other species.
An experience all of its own is a trip on an elegant excursion boat. By this means you can discover the impressive beauty of the picturesque landscape in comfortable fashion.
Riedenburg has a great variety of accommodation at prices to suit every pocket, and inns and restaurants catering for all tastes. Inexpensive bed and breakfast accommodation and holiday flats are available in all parts of the town, either down by the Altmühl or up on the Jura slopes.
Information in English language phone: +49 (0) 9442/9181-14
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More about the History of Riedenburg
The earliest written mention of the name Riedenburg dates back to 1111. The old town hall, today's tourist office in the middle of the old town, dates back to 1731.
Until 1972 Riedenburg was a county town in the Bavarian Oberpfalz district government.
The town of Riedenburg is located in the heart of BAVARIA, right between Munich and Nuremberg in the Altmühl Valley Nature Reserve. Hundreds of thousands of day visitors and holidaymakers come every year to this town, where nature has created a magnificent landscape in the course of millions of years.
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