Turrets, battlements and a moat hide a twisted history of this hidden gem.
Built by Duke Albrecht III in 1439, the castle changed hands several times falling ever deeper into decrepitude before major restorations in the 1980s.
It was originally a hunting lodge and was rebuilt in 1681 following the Thirty Years War.
The castle itself is not open to the public, but the grounds, chapel and a restaurant are open throughout the year.
Don’t miss the fabulously gothic Chapel of St Sigismund. It’s almost as old as the castle itself and holds wooden statues of the 12 Apostles and Virgin Mary from the anonymous "Meister of the Blutenburger Madonna".
There are 16 stained-glass windows that showcase the highlights of the Holy Book.
The castle grounds are also home to the Internationale Jungendbibliothek (International Youth Library), whose shelves are stacked with roughly 400,000 children’s and youth books in 110 languages.
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