Castle architecture over the centuries
The view of the town of Breuberg in the Odenwald Forest was immortalised by the famous copper engraver Matthias Merian in as early as the 17th century. Made of deep red sandstone, the castle of the same name towers high above it, a clear representation of European castle architecture from the 12th to 17th centuries.
Despite being almost 1,000 years old, it is one of the best-preserved castles in Hesse. Built during the heyday of the Hohenstaufen dynasty in around 1200, it was expanded and fortified continuously during the following centuries. In addition to the well-preserved defense and residential complexes, there are many eye-catching detailed architectural elements that make a discovery tour a must-do. The ceiling of the knight's hall is outstanding, with mythological scenes from Roman antiquity reflecting the zeitgeist of around 1600. Today, Breuberg Castle is also used as a youth hostel. Visitors can learn more about the castle’s fascinating history, which began with the mighty Fulda Abbey, in the on-site museum.