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The Wappensaal (Crest hall)

Wappensaal kleinThe castles largest hall used to be a representative location for assemblies and celebrations, especially after the reconstruction of the castle by Wirich IV. of Daun-Oberstein around 1475. After Philipp Franz's death the downfall of the castle began. After 1624, the castle was inhabited by officials only.

Reasoned by a castle fire in 1855, only the outer walls existed when the Club started reconstruction around 1990. The fireplace from the late gothic period was dated to the time of Wirich IV. The intent of the Club is to show the various connections of the Daun-Oberstein lineage to mighty families inside the Reich.

Wirich IV. son was archbishop of Cologne from 1508 to 1515 and thus inherited one of the highest clerical functions in the Reich, deeply connected to the electors honour, giving Philipp II. of Daun-Oberstein the right to elect the German king. Therefore, he had to prove his ancestry by determining that his 16 great-grandparents had noble background. The crest of his great-grandparents are represented in the Wappensaal.

Opposite consoles are showing the crests of a married couples families. Left to the fireplace you will find the great-grandfathers of the paternal line, to the right the maternal line.

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The Old Entrance

A tunnel hallway connects the entrance hall to the castle courtyard. From there, you pass a massive wooden door to the remnants of the southwestern tower. Since the extension of the castle in the late 14th century, this door was secured by a drawbridge. Visitors had to pass a wooden pathway, 25 feet above the deep hollow, before entering the inner circle of the castle. Todays access to Castle Oberstein was created centuries later.

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The Löwenkeller (Lion cellar)

loewenkeller 5In order to survive long-term sieges, it was most important to have supplies available. Even in the old days, there was a necessity for some kind of refrigerator. Too bad this machine was invented 700 years later! Therefore, supplies were made durable by salting and fumigation. Those fancy foods like ham, saucages or fish were stored in the castles Löwenkeller (Lion cellar). Here they were hanging from the ceiling and waiting for being eaten in the medieval feasts. 

You will find the Löwenkeller at the nortwestern tip of the basement, right under the Wilhelm-Wirich-wing. Today, the room is used for traditional Spießbraten-feasts.

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The Entrance

Today you may access the castle via six sandstone steps. Above the entrance you will find the alliance-crest, documentating Wirich IV.'s noble family background.


Der Eingang

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The Inner Courtyard


Due to frequent reconstruction and extension in the 700 years of castle history it is sometimes impossible to determine how parts of the building looked like throughout the centuries and how they were used.

It has to be assumed that todays inner courtyard is the oldest part of the whole castle. The castle was mentioned officially for the first time in 1330, when there existed only a simple, well fortified residential building which was used until 1855.

The round stairtower was built in the 15th century. It leads to the southeastern wing, rebuild 1650, after parts of this wing had crashed into the valley.


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The Outer Courtyard

The outer courtyard can be found in front of the castle entrance. It is covered by a concrete plate in order to protect the archaeological excavation under it from weather damages. Originally, the outer courtyard showed buildings comparable to the rest of the castle. Today it is used for events like the Theatre Summer or the Romantic Christmas Market.

In the northeastern corner you will find the stump of a former castle tower, the Northeastern Tower. From there, you may access the magazines and the archaeological excavation in the basement. Due to safety reasons, this area can only be assessed in guided tours.

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