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    Stapelburg Castle

    The Stapelburg (German: Burg Stapelburg) is a ruined mediæeval castle built to guard the road on the northern edge of the Harz mountains at Stapelburg in the district of Harz in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.

    History

    The Stapelburg was built before 1306 by the Counts of Wernigerode to guard the military road that connected the counts' main ancestral castle with the imperial and mining town of Goslar. It also acted as a toll station. The castle was enfeoffed several times and in 1394 came into the possession of the Diocese of Halberstadt for a sum of 600 marks. On 25 January 1432, Count Botho of Stolberg accepted Stapelburg Castle and its estate from Bishop John of Halberstadt as a pledge, after it should have been previously enfeoffed to the last Wernigerode count who had died in 1429. But Stapelburg was redeemed again by the Diocese of Halberstadt and pledged to Heinrich von Bila, who was the last vassal before Stapelburg was enfeoffed by Bishop Gebhard von Halberstadt on 4 June 1463 for 200 Rhenish guilders to Count Henry the Elder of Stolberg for the duration of his life - that is until 1511. During his final years the castle fell somewhat into ruin. On 13 April 1509 the aging Count Botho and his son committed to the administrator of the Bishopric of Halberstadt, Archbishop Ernest of Magdeburg, to rebuild the dilapidated castle within eight years, so that a nobleman or steward could have his seat there. As a result the count of Stolberg and his son were enfeoffed with the Stapelburg.

    In 1559 Archbishop Sigismund of Magdeburg, as the administrator of the Bishopric of Halberstadt, installed an influential member of the family of Bila, former Halberstadt councillor, Dr. Heinrich von Bila, who worked as an associate judge on the Imperial Chamber Court, in the Stapelburg, against the will of the heavily indebted counts of Stolberg. He expanded the castle and had the outlying estate of Bilenshausen or Bilashausen laid out at its foot. In the immediate vicinity of this outwork a rural settlement grew up that also adopted the name Stapelburg. The heirs of Dr. von Bila sold the castle and village of Stapelburg in 1596 for 45,000 talers to Statius von Munchausen. After Statius' bankruptcy in 1619 possession of the castle went again in 1625 to Halberstadt Cathedral. After long negotiations with the cathedral chapter of Halberstadt, Count Christian Ernest of Stolberg-Wernigerode who succeeded, in a Berlin agreement on 11 March 1722, in securing Stapelburg permanently as an appurtenance of the County of Wernigerode for the next few centuries. King Frederick William I of Prussia restored its old connection with the County of Wernigerode on 11 December 1727 by removing the territorial claims of the now Prussian Halberstadt Cathedral Chapter.



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Stapelburg is a village and a former municipality in the district of Harz, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 1 January 2010, it is part of the municipality Nordharz.

Stapelburg is a village and a former municipality in the district of Harz, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 1 January 2010, it is part of the municipality Nordharz.

It is located at the northern foot of the Harz mountain range, about four kilometres north of the town of Ilsenburg. The small Ecker river in the west, a tributary of the Oker, forms the border with the town of Bad Harzburg in Lower Saxony.

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More about the History of Stapelburg

Stapelburg emerged in the second half of the 16th century from the outlying estate (Vorwerk) of Bilenshausen or Bilashausen, that had been established by Dr. Heinrich von Bila (1535–1584) at the foot of Stapelburg Castle. Prior to that the Imperial castle of Ahlsburg stood a few kilometres south-southwest of Stapelburg in the Harz above the Ecker valley.

Stapelburg Castle was first mentioned in a 1306 deed as a property of the Counts of Wernigerode, it was meant to protect and control the trade route to the Imperial City of Goslar near the border with the Principality of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

The Ecker valley south of the village was the site of the Jungborn destination spa, founded in 1896 by Adolf Just, which hosted notable guests like Franz Kafka in July 1912. As the Ecker formed part of the inner German border from 1949 onwards, the facility was closed and finally slighted in 1964.

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Stapelburg is a village and a former municipality in the district of Harz, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 1 January 2010, it is part of the municipality Nordharz.

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