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Bunkenburg

Bunkenburg
Bunkenburg

Bunkenburg was a castle built during the 13th and 14th centuries in the shape of a circular fort located on the banks of the River Aller opposite Ahlden in north Germany. Only a section of the rampart, roughly 60 metres long and 3 metres high, exists today. The name of the castle is probably derived from the material, bog iron, used for its construction and known in common parlance as Bunke.

The castle lay on the northern river bank of the Aller on a flat elevation by an important medieval crossing. The river has changed its course over the centuries becoming the River Leine and today forms the branch known as the Old Leine (Altarm Alte Leine). Opposite the site of the old castle on the other side of the river is Ahlden Castle (Schloss Ahlden) and the village of Ahlden. The fortification was built in the glacial valley of the Aller. Since the 1980s it has been bisected by a state road.

The castle site consists of an oval rampart, about 150 metres across. Today just a section of it remains, about 60 metres long, 20 metres wide and 3 metres high. It is covered with tall trees and lies north of the road. The rampart is likely to have originally been a wood and earth construction about 4 metres in height. There are no longer any ruins within the rampart; they were probably carted away in the 17th century to be used for the construction of Ahlden Castle. From the plan it appears not to have been a typical lowland castle, but more like the residence of a number of Burgmannen with several manorial seats within the ramparts.

In 1700, long after the demise of Bunkenburg, a brewery was built on the southern section of the rampart by the prince's household. Not privatised until the 19th century it served as a drinks business until the middle of the 20th century. Today it is a private residence.

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunkenburg ]

Address: Ahlden
Tags: Bunkenburg, castle, River Aller, Ahlden


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