The Erkerraum (Oriel room)

Posted in The Castle

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While restoring the castle, shards of stove tiles were found in the castles debris, showing a striding lion. The Club initiated a redesign of the historic motif and reconstructed the stove inside the Erkerraum (oriel room) in order to create a gemuetlich room for events. The original stove tiles are dated in the early 14th century. At the wall, you will find portraits of the last count of Daun-Oberstein, Count Wilhelm Wirich (1613-1683), his wife  Elisabeth, Countess of Waldeck (1610-1647) and their son Carl Alexander (1643-1669)

Originally, the winder for the castles drawbridge was supposed to be located in this room. The oriel was open, offering a defensive position for the castle entrance.

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Based on the experiences from the crusades it was quite common in the 14th century to build chicanes into the path leading to the castle. The purpose of those chicanes (e.g. bailey or machicolation) was to repel or eliminate offenders. The already mentioned method of entering the castle - aorund the eastern tower over the rock through the bridgetower - was chosen due to this reason. The Erkerraum was offering perfect conditions for firing on short and descending distances. Therefore, a non-heated armory was placed here in the old days.

Today you will find a gemuetlich room with a stove, ideal for social events with a limited number of people.