Fairy tales behind castle walls
The imposing Steinau Castle in the Spessart region is one of the few 16th century castle complexes that’s almost entirely preserved in its original form. The Renaissance structure was built from 1525 onwards by Philipp II and Philipp III of Hanau-Münzenberg, incorporating existing medieval buildings. The fortified compound, one of the earliest of its kind in Germany, is characterised by its defensive structure with a moat and retaining wall.
The centre of the castle was enclosed from 1551 onwards by a five-sided outer ward and four corner bastions. The lofty castle keep dates from medieval times, the half-timbered construction contrasting with the masonry to great effect. The towers and roofs are covered with slate. The castle has an eventful history, and visitors can learn about its turbulent past in the castle museum. Another attraction is the permanent Brothers Grimm exhibition - the exceptionally well-preserved town of Steinau an der Straße is closely linked to the life and family of the famous brothers.