Visit a 13th century old Castle: The Ronneburg Castle

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The Ronneburg Castle in Ronneburg (Hesse / Hessen)
The Ronneburg Castle in Ronneburg (Hesse / Hessen)

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Ronneburg (Ronneburg vacation rentals | Ronneburg travel guide) is the name of a town with a castle. Both have the same name and belong to the Main Kinzig Kreis in Hesse, Germany. The castle was built in the 13th century in the so called Ronnerburger Hügelland (the Ronnerburger Hill Country) and can be seen from all 3 villages that belong to the municipality: Neuwiedermuss, Altwiedermus and Hüttengesäss. It was built on a steep basalt cone overlooking the country side.

History of the castle

The castle and its surrounding towns were mentioned as early as 1231. The castles earlier name Raneburg and also Roneburg probably derive from the High German word Rone which means a fallen tree and could also be a reference to the castles attached palisades.

Through history the castel has been mortgaged off or sold by many nobilties, archbishops, knights until it came into the possession of Philipp von Ysenburg-Büdingen. He founded the Ysenberg-Büdingen-Ronneburg family, later called simply Ysingen-Ronneburg family. Under their rule, that castle took on the appearance that it has today. In 1621 though, a fire destroyed a large part of the castle and later in about 1633 the castle suffered due to a plundering by Croatian troops.

In June 2004 the castle was sold by Prince Wolfgang Ernst (Ernst vacation rentals | Ernst travel guide) II von Ysenburg-Büdingen to baron Joachim Benedikt von Herman auf Wain. Today it hosts a restaurant, museum, falconry centery, gift shop and regular medieval festivals (very popular around Christmas time). Daily tours with excellent views of Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) with its skyline and the surrounding areas are offered.

Other things to do in the area

The basalt rocks/cones surrounding the castle offer sites that are favorable to paragliding and other related activities. Nearby is a museum that features working Medieval catapults as well as other siege weapons. There is also a nearby falconry with falcons, owls, and other birds of prey to visit.

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Eating at the Ronneburg

Ronneburg has a beautiful restaurant that takes you back to medieval times while enjoying a variety of foods such as that are authentic to the area but also authentic to the dishes served in a castle. Buffets and Knight Menus are also offered for larger groups. The restaurant also features medieval dinners throughout the year with the next evenings scheduled for Sept. 15, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. Cost is 52 Euros per person. The castle restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Warm meals are served during those days from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. See links below for more details. You can reach the restaurant by phone for reservations and additional information: +49 (0) 6048-7130

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Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: 63549 Ronneburg, Germany

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Additional travel info

Ronneburg is near Büdingen, and can be conveniently reached from Autobahn A45.

Opening Hours

The castle is open daily except Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 1 through Nov. 30. It is closed Dec. 1 to Feb. 28.

Ronneburg also offers a falconry exhibition featuring various hunting birds including falcons, hawks and owls. Shows are Tuesday to Friday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 5 p.m. For information about falconry and tours of Ronneburg call +49 (0) 6048-950 905.

Contact Information

Phone: +49 (0) 6048-950 905

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