Ilsenburg Travel Tip:
The Ilsestein, formerly also called the Ilsenstein, is a tourist attraction near the town of Ilsenburg in the Harz mountains of central Germany.
The Ilsestein rises about 150 metres high over a little river, the Ilse, and lies at an elevation of 474 m above sea level.
In the 10th century, there was a small siege castle on the Ilsestein immediately after the conversion of the old Ilsenburg castle into the Ilsenburg Abbey. It was destroyed around 1107 after lasting around a hundred years. Its layout was able to be reconstructed.
On the summit, there is a crag on which Count Anton of Stolberg-Wernigerode had an iron cross erected on 18 October 1814, one year after the Battle of Möckern on the first day of the Battle of Leipzig. The cross commemorates his friends and relatives who fell in the German campaign of the Napoleonic Wars. There is a good view of the valley and of the Harz's highest mountain, the nearby Brocken.
On 18 October 1913, a memorial plaque was unveiled here in the presence of Prince Christian Ernest of Stolberg-Wernigerode with an explanation of the origin of the 1814 iron cross.
[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilsestein ]
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