Lichtenburg

We can travel the short distance up to the Lichtenburg by car or conquer the wooden castle mountain by a long walk. A marvellous view into the Rhön awaits us anyway together with a castle ruin that looks like being taken from a picture book.

Lichtenburg

The Lichtenburg was always closely connected to Ostheim, first fortificatons existed on the cone-shaped mountain near the city already in the 12th century under the Dukes of Henneberg. Since the 13th century the castle was centre of sovereignty and administration of the office of Lichtenberg and Ostheim always was part of this office. Durin the feuds between Fulda, Würzburg and the Dukes of Henneberg in the first half of the 14th century the castle was fortified and the tower was built new. At this time also several wachtowers were built for observation of the surroundings. One of the towers is still standing southwest of the city and it is named the "Warte of Ostheim".
During the peasant wars in 1525 the Lichtenburg was damaged, but renovated. In 1680 the administra´tion of the office of Lichtenberg moved to Ostheim into the new office building and the Lichtenburg lost its importance and went wreck and ruin more and more.

Lichtenburg

A rigorous turning point occured in 1816 as three business people from Ostheim purchased the castle with the intention to pull down the buildings and sell them as construction material. Sucha destructive exploitation was usual in those days - history and tradition were not very popular, a new eoch was dawning and the old one underestimated.
And as the government of the Grand Duchy of Saxony repurchased the Lichtenburg in 1843 only remnants of the former greatness were still existent. But times had changed. Meanwhile the restauration had gained acceptance not only in the political field. The past was remembered again and people were occupied with history also in Ostheim. Here an association was founded with the aim of the preservation and embellishment of the Lichtenburg. Immediately 112 citizens became member of the Lichtenburg association, money was raised busily, clearing word was done by members also and finally the first castle festival was celebrated.

The mighty square keep (14th century) is well preserved, but also the main gate built in renaissance style and the reamnants of the bower (1604), the great hall and chapel (12th and 13th century) and parts of the ring walls give an idea of the powerful impression the castle left with friend and foe in former times.

Lichtenburg

Our main attractions:

  • Fortified church, biggest fortified church in Germany. Monument of national importance. Guided tours for individuals every Wednesday (April to October) at 11 o´clock, for groups anytime by request (readily at short notice also). The fortified church museum in the stone sheds and the alternating exhibitions in the church-yard school cultural center can normally be visitied from Friday to Monday. For more information see www.lebendige-kirchenburg.de and www.kirchenburg-ostheim.de
  • Organ museum in the Hanstein castle. For more information call 09777/1743. Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 10 to 12 o´clock and from 13 to 17 o´clock. Sundays and holidays from 13 to 17 o´clock. Guided tours with live music for registered groups of 10 person and more, for museum concerts see event calendar.
  • Lichtenburg citadel with knight´s hall and general room which are open.
  • Hill graves
  • Bionade active park with Nordic walking and hiking trails in the premium area with new signposting and with all of the 15 trails starting at the parking lot "Streuwiese".
  • Cartwright museum, located in Market Street 9, open every Thursday from 9 o´clock until 12 o´clock. See www.wagnereimuseum.de

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