Burg Greifenstein (Castle, Fortress), Germany (Bad Blankenburg, Thuringia)
Greifenstein Castle in Thuringia
Greifenstein Castle is situated on top of a hill in Bad Blankenburg, Thuringia, in a conservation area overlooking the entrance to the Schwarza Valley. The castle flourished under the Counts of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg in the 13th and 14th centuries.
One of Germany‘s largest feudal castles, it was known as Blankenburg Castle until the 17th century. After parts of it collapsed, the castle was like a ruin. But, for some time now, efforts have been made to preserve it.
The castle‘s inn can be used as a historical setting for festivities, both large and small. Greifenstein Castle is also available for civil wedding ceremonies.
Visitors can find out a host of interesting facts about the history of the castle, which is one of Thuringia‘s most important, at an exhibition in the main castle building organised by the ‚Friends of Greifenstein‘.
Medieval-style banquets can also be arranged for groups of 15 or more, although these must be booked in advance.
In addition to festivities on the usual public holidays, Greifenstein Castle hosts a number of special events including Walpurgis Night, the Castle Festival, medieval tournaments and the children‘s festival. It is also used as a venue for numerous concerts ranging from classical to jazz and rock. In the castle grounds there is an eagle and falcon centre where visitors can see various birds of prey flying in special displays.
07422 Bad Blankenburg