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The Erichsburg, formerly Erichsberg, (German: Burg Erichsberg) is a ruined medieval castle near the village of Friedrichsbrunn (borough of Thale) in the Harz Mountains in central Germany.
In 1320 Count Henry of Stolberg bought the fortified manor house of Erichsberg, together with other goods and chattels, from Heineke of Hoym and Bertholdus II of Arnswald, known as Geylvus (today Geilfuss/ Geilfuß). The castle had first been mentioned in the 12th century and was probably built to protect a trading route. In order to protect his new possessions, he enfeoffed it, along with Wolfsberg Castle which he had purchased at the same time, in 1325 to the Bishop of Halberstadt.
Count Henry of Stolberg left Erichsberg to his cousin, Hermann, who based mercenaries in the houses at Erichsberg that had ravaged Thuringian Land, especially the Counts of Hohnstein from Sondershausen. Whereupon in 1346 Margrave Frederick together with the citizens of Erfurt, Mühlhausen and Nordhausen marched on the castle, took the Count of Stolberg prisoner and destroyed the site. The Erichsberg could not be rebuilt and its ruins were transferred to the Stolberg Amt of Bärenrode.
Of the former castle, a few small remnants of the walls and short sections of the old ramparts and moat are still visible.
The Stecklenburg is a ruined medieval castle in the East Harz in Germany, located on a small rise only a few hundred metres away from the village of Stecklenberg (in the borough of Thale) in the district of Harz in Saxony-Anhalt.
The castle was built in the 11th century by the Stackelbergs on the remains of an older one. In the 12th century it was destroyed in a battle, but later rebuilt. Its new owners in 1281 were the abbey in Halberstadt.
Stecklenburg was occupied until the beginning of the 18th century. After then, several of the castle buildings, such as the brewery and the castle chapel, were demolished. It fell into total ruin and was used as a quarry. Before it was completely destroyed it was placed under a protection order following an objection by the senior forester of Thale, who then worked on the preservation of the castle.
Today the ruins of Stecklenburg are a protected monument and a popular tourist destination. All that is left of the castle are a few walls from the living quarters and the remains of the keep. The ruins of Lauenburg Castle are located only a few hundred metres away from the Stecklenburg, further up the Ramberg hill.
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Thale is a secluded town in the legendary Harz mountains in Saxony-Anhalt. Hike up the Bode river valley to the Hexentanzplatz (Witches' Dancing-place) and admire the dramatic scenery of this beautiful and romantic area (little known to westerners before German reunification in 1989). Goslar (Goslar vacation rentals | Goslar travel guide), Göttingen (Göttingen vacation rentals | Göttingen travel guide), and Quedlinburg (Quedlinburg vacation rentals | Quedlinburg travel guide), each with impressive medieval old town centers, are all within close driving distance.
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Things to See in Thale
St. Petri Church completed in 1906
The Catholic Sacred Heart church was built in 1910.
Harzer Mountain Theater Thale
More about the History of Thale
The settlement first started in the 10th century. Ironworks became prevalent in the mid-1400s. While the iron industry profited in 1872, only employing 350 people, later in 1905 there were already 4,400. Since the 19th Century flourishing of tourism in conjunction with the radon water of the source Hubertusallee.
Thale is a secluded town in the legendary Harz mountains in Saxony-Anhalt. Hike up the Bode river valley to the Hexentanzplatz (Witches' Dancing-place) and admire the dramatic scenery of this beautiful and romantic area (little known to westerners before German reunification in 1989). Goslar, Göttingen, and Quedlinburg, each with impressive medieval old town centers, are all within close driving distance.
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