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Schönau Abbey (Kloster Schönau) in Schönau in the Odenwald, in the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis in Baden-Württemberg, was a Cistercian monastery founded in 1142 from Eberbach Abbey. The present settlement of Schönau grew up round the monastery.
By the end of the 12th century Schönau was already in use as a burial place of the Staufen family: in 1195 Conrad of Hohenstaufen, Count Palatine of the Rhine, was buried here, as were his son of the same name, probably in 1186, and both his wives. Adolf, Count Palatine of the Rhine (d. 1327), Rupert II, Elector Palatine (d. 1398) and other members of the family were also buried here. Conrad II, Bishop of Hildesheim, died here and was presumably also buried here.
In the 14th century Schönau was also the burial place of the Counts of Erbach.
During the Reformation the abbey was dissolved, in 1558. The empty buildings were occupied in 1562 by Huguenot refugees from Wallonia, to whom Schönau gave rights of residence.
The Wegelnburg is a ruined castle near Schönau in the Palatinate Forest in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, near the border with France. Its location is at a height of 572m, making it the highest ruined castle in the Palatinate Forest.
Wegelnburg was founded by the Hohenstaufens in the 12th or 13th century. It had to protect the border of the Hohenstaufens’ territory. In 1272 the castle was destroyed because the castellan had committed a breach of the peace. The von Wegelnburg family rebuilt the castle.
In 1330 the Wegelnburg was pawned to the Palatinate and in 1417 it was given to the Duchy of Zweibrücken through barter. Because of the Treaty of Nijmegen the castle was destroyed by French troops under General Monclar in 1679. Owned by the Palatinate and then by Bavaria, the Wegelnburg was given to Rhineland-Palatinate and administered by its Castles Administration since 1963. During the restoration from 1979 until 1982 the remains of the castle were saved and large amounts of rubble were removed.
Wegelnburg Castle was built up in three stages, as a lower, middle and upper castle. The remains can be partly assigned to the different parts. Therefore the stairs, which had been chiselled into the sandstone rock, the niches, various timber holes, another stair and some renewed arches can be assigned to the lower and middle castle.
The foundation walls on the sandstone rock are remarkable because of the smooth transition of the wall and the rock. Together with the rock caves they belong to the upper and middle castle.
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Schönau is a town in the district of Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated in the Odenwald hills, 10 km northeast of Heidelberg (Heidelberg vacation rentals | Heidelberg travel guide). Schönau Abbey is located here.
Schönau lies on the southern slope of Odenwald in the valley of the Steinach river, a tributary of the Neckar. The urban area is adjacent toHeiligkreuzsteinach, Heddesbach, Hirschhorn, and Neckarsteinach (Neckarsteinach vacation rentals | Neckarsteinach travel guide).
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Wallonenhaus, a half-timbered house from 1588
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More about the History of Schönau (Odenwald)
The documented history began with the founding of the Schönaus Monastery by the Bishop of Worms (Worms vacation rentals | Worms travel guide) in 1142. The monastery became the residence and burial place of the Count Palatine of the Rhine. In 1562, 35 Huguenot refugee families from Walloon were found on the monastery grounds, thus leading the town to rebuild the monastery for residential purposes. The immigrants brought their weaving and dying crafts. After the destruction of Burg Waldeck (Waldeck vacation rentals | Waldeck travel guide) during the Thirty Years War, the administrative headquarters of the so-called Waldeck was transferred to Schönau, where it remained until 1803. By 1900, Schönau had about 2,000 inhabitants.
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Schönau is a town in the district of Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated in the Odenwald hills, 10 km northeast of Heidelberg. Schönau Abbey is located here.
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