Bruch Castle

Bruch Castle, locally known as Burg Bruch, lies next to the village of Bruch, in the Rhineland-Palatinate region in Germany.

Bruch Castle was first mentioned in 1138 in relation to a Fridelo, Lord of Bruch.

The castle was built in the first half of the 13th century and must have been completed in 1243. Then it was a rectangular castle surrounded by a wall and moat. A ditch separated the inner courtyard from the lower-lying outer courtyard. The inner courtyard contained a palace, a keep and was entered through a gate tower. The outer courtyard contained mainly farm buildings.

The two slender towers we see today were originally incorporated into the wall around the outer courtyard. In 1340 they were raised to provide better defense.

The large hall between them is a tithe barn dating back to 1650.

During its history Bruch Castle fell partly under rule of the Electorate of Trier and the Sovereignty of Luxembourg. After the Von Bruch family died out it was owned by several clerical families.

At present Bruch Castle is private property and used as a B&B. It can be visited as a guest of the B&B, which I wasn't, alas. Too bad, I would have liked to have taken a look in the 2 towers.


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Bruch Castle

Bruch Castle, locally known as Burg Bruch, lies next to the village of Bruch, in the Rhineland-Palatinate region in Germany.

Bruch Castle was first mentioned in 1138 in relation to a Fridelo, Lord of Bruch.

The castle was built in the first half of the 13th century and must have been completed in 1243. Then it was a rectangular castle surrounded by a wall and moat. A ditch separated the inner courtyard from the lower-lying outer courtyard. The inner courtyard contained a palace, a keep and was entered through a gate tower. The outer courtyard contained mainly farm buildings.

The two slender towers we see today were originally incorporated into the wall around the outer courtyard. In 1340 they were raised to provide better defense.

The large hall between them is a tithe barn dating back to 1650.

During its history Bruch Castle fell partly under rule of the Electorate of Trier and the Sovereignty of Luxembourg. After the Von Bruch family died out it was owned by several clerical families.

At present Bruch Castle is private property and used as a B&B. It can be visited as a guest of the B&B, which I wasn't, alas. Too bad, I would have liked to have taken a look in the 2 towers.


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