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Castle Regenstein

Castle Regenstein – a fortress carved into the rocks


The core of Regenstein Castle was once hewn directly from the sandstone rock. The core castle has been preserved as a ruin and can be explored via worn, partly weathered stairs and steps. On the surrounding area there are further traces of the old fortress to be discovered.

Fortress Regenstein – a rock castle carved out of sandstone

Dark, window-like holes in a structure of light sandstone, above them a waving flag. This is how the castle ruin Regenstein appears from a distance. On the almost 300 metre high rocky spur, the Felsenburg towers above the northern Harz foreland. Those who hike up can explore the extensive castle area on their own. Especially the weathered steps and worn out sandstone steps of the original Felsenburg near Blankenburg promise adventurous experiences.

Explore castle ruins Regenstein

Probably the mountain called Reinstein served as a place of worship already in pre-Christian times. As can be seen, the counts of Blankenburg monitored an important army and trade route from up there from the 12th century onwards. For this purpose they built the castle Regenstein and had the necessary rooms, corridors and stairs carved directly out of the rock. A total of 32 of these rock rooms and ditches are still preserved. The keep was built of thick quarry stones.


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Many of the rock chambers are accessible to large and small adventurers, as are the remains of the castle tower. Stony paths and stairs lead the visitor into the catacombs, the devil hole, the former castle chapel and the dungeon. On the upper level there is almost always a strong wind, but the view is magnificent, at least when the sky is clear. Directly below the ruins of Regenstein Castle, between pine forests and beautiful hiking trails, there are the sandstone caves.

Castle ruin on the rainstone – exciting destination for an excursion

The weather has visibly affected the sandstone and still could not destroy the castle ruins. Only a few buildings of the fortress, built centuries later, have survived the time. This includes the Kammertoranlage, which still today forms the official entrance to Regenstein Castle. In addition to the core castle, which is visible from afar, there is much more to discover on the extensive plateau. For example, remnants of bastions and ramparts and casemates. Near the castle is the Rainstone Mill . The mill was built in the 12th century and allows visitors to immerse themselves in a different time.

Mystical sagas and legends entwine around the Rainstone. Also around the probably most famous lords of the castle and alleged robber counts, count Albrecht II. He was defeated in the feud with the bishop of Halberstadt and the city Quedlinburg. His opponents captured him and put him on display in a wooden box. This so called Raubgrafenkasten is now in the Quedlinburg Castle Museum. The excursion to Regenstein Castle can be easily combined with a visit to the nearby Grandfather Rock of the Devil’s Wall.

From the hiking car park you can reach Regenstein Castle, the Regenstein Mill and the sandstone caves near Blankenburg in no time at all. It is the ideal starting point for an extended hike in the area around the castle and to the sandstone caves.

Links to follow:
Directions Hiking Parking Castle Regenstein – Google Maps

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