Schloss Burg – Solingen, Germany
Work on the castle started around 1130 and from then on the Dukes of Berg lived here for several centuries, all the while constantly enlarging their sphere of influence. By the end of the fifteenth century their successors ruled over huge areas of what is now North Rhine Westphalia!
Later they moved their seat of power to Düsseldorf and Burg Castle declined in significance. The buildings began to crumble and from the middle of the nineteenth century they were utterly cannibalised. And here begins the second great story. The castle was reconstructed once again thanks to local initiative and financial help. The citizens wanted to restore the symbol of the region! Hence they set up a so-called “Castle Construction Association” and began to collect money.
Reconstruction work was mostly completed by 1919. Nowadays Burg Castle is a popular venue for day trips and a wide variety of cultural activities.
Official website for Schloss Burg: http://www.schlossburg.de/ (German and English versions available).
1. We enter the castle’s territory via two archways.
3. Lovely details.
5. We were surprised that the territory looked empty. That’s when we found out that a show was taking place.
6. Everything was in German, so from what I understood, there were two teams of knights (defenders and pillagers) that were dueling.
7. The bad guys. Several smaller children started crying when these guys came out shouting and taunting :) Good acting!
8. Some were fighting with swords.
12. The first couple of front rows were filled with children of all ages.
13. The end of the show (it lasted for almost an hour).
14. The entrance to the castle tour.
17. A very good mock-up of the whole area. You need to buy a ticket only if you want to go inside the inner walls, around the highest tower. The rest of the area has free access.
19. After the show ended, people were free to talk to the actors (knights?), experiment with the weapons, etc.
22. There’s a nice looking cafe right near the skilift.
25. The view from the skilift platform (top side).
26. And finally, the small chapel inside the outer walls.
In Conclusion about Schloss Burg
We discovered this castle by accident, not knowing that such a great family place is just ~60km away from Dortmund (in the Southern direction).
Compared to Burg Altena, I think Schloss Burg is a better place for families with children. Feels like it is a bit safer and a lot more room to run around. There’s also more to do and explore even without a entrance ticket, so that’s a plus too.