Burg Falkenstein

Burg Falkenstein

Burg Falkenstein
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Vibeke M
Copenhagen, Denmark21 contributions
Waist of time - go somewhere else
Jul 2020 • Family
Do not trust the open hours time table! (1 - 3 pm).
We drove +100 km, arrived at 1.15 pm and waited together with about 30 other people in front of the gate for ages. Though some visitors left no more people were let in. Only when directly confronted we were told we would have to wait till 4 pm, when a new group of 80 people would be let in.
My advice is “don’t bother going there”. Go somewhere else.

Written 17 July 2020
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Dream219469
Burg, Germany1 contribution
Beautifully preserved castle in the forest
Feb 2019 • Family
You can see this attraction in about two hours. My 4 and 5 year old boys loved it, especially the wells, the knights room with the suits of armor, and the indoor privy (they were fascinated by that). It brings castle living to life for them. The original spiral stairs in the museum are a bit steep and narrow, but with help, small children can navigate them safely. Exhibit descriptions are all in German, so read up before you go if you don't read/speak a lot of German. If you know something about how castle warfare was conducted, you will appreciate how extremely well designed this castle is (my husband said "German engineering was really good, even back then!"). Also, don't walk from the car park to the castle after rain as the long castle road is very muddy and slippery (much nicer from the comfort of the shuttle bus) and may be a bit far for small kids, especially after walking around the castle too.
Written 9 February 2019
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Lutz-WD
Crimmitschau, Germany31 contributions
WELL PRESERVED CASTLE IN THE HEART OF HARZ
May 2017
You can reach this castle by walking or a cage, driven by horses. Walking will last 45min from the parking place at the restaurant "Gartenhaus". The castele is well preserved/restaurated and hosts a museum. In the yard of the castle you can watch a show with birds of prey. The restaurant in the castle is nice, as well as the Gartenhaus. A good choice for parents with children from 6 years upwards.
Written 6 September 2017
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Martin Kynde M
Esbjerg, Denmark269 contributions
Beautiful castle - could be more interesting
Jul 2017 • Family
I like that you need to walk around 2 km (taxi or small train is possible) to get to the castle. It is very secluded and in a beautiful setting.
We thought we were lucky to be there when they had medieval knight etc. there. But actually it was slightly disappointing.
There is just so much more they could do to make it better.
Food to taste, knights fighting each other, role play, music, try on clothes from then, black smith working etc.
I can recommend looking at what the Ribe Viking Center is doing.
Entry fee is reasonable. Great views from the castle - except you can't see the castle :-)
Written 16 August 2017
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dinich
switzerland30 contributions
Worth a visit, even on a rainy day
Jun 2016 • Couples
It was raining when we arrived in the village. There is no parking for private vehicles at the castle, which lies at the end of a 2 km hike along a cobbled track through the forest. The weather was too foul, so we took the shuttle 'Mickey Mouse' bus. All the exhibits are fully documented in German, but audio guides in English are available. Just make sure you understand how they work before you begin. The round tour passes through a veritable warren of rooms, up and down steps, and along narrow corridors. This is, after all a medieval castle which was made more comfortable in the 15th century. The view from the main tower of the surrounding countryside is spectacular. We concluded our visit with a late lunch in the castle restaurant. We had trout - the best I've had in 50 years.
Written 1 June 2016
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Tanyajn1
Sterling, VA186 contributions
Cool old castle
Sep 2014 • Family
We visited while my mother and sister were visiting us in Berlin; this was our second visit. My sister wanted to see a true medieval castle. It is about a 2 hour drive from Berlin. You must park below the castle and either walk up, about 20 minutes, or wait to ride up on a train car pulled by a tractor for a small fee. We chose to walk since it was such a lovely day. The castle is a site to see. It is exactly what I expected as we rounded the bend. A large monstrosity perched on a hill overlooking valleys on either side. Once inside, if you're lucky enough, you can watch a falconry show; we were not. You are free to walk the grounds and check out the different rooms and learn about their functions. The tour is self-guided. The main castle building has many documents and items on display, as well as furnishings from different time periods. There are a lot of stairs to climb, but the view from the tower is amazing.
Written 3 April 2015
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TeHaumi
Paihia, New Zealand58 contributions
A Walk of 20 Minutes to the Castle
Aug 2013 • Friends
You can either walk, or drive up by horse cart. The old castle is still intact in many parts. Inside you find a museum of historical items. At 11 AM, and 2 PM there are shows of trained free flying falcons, owls, etc.
Written 1 September 2013
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BrettJR
Hobart, Australia115 contributions
Falkenstein frenzy
May 2013 • Friends
The castle was very busy with one of it's regular festivals when we visited - there were lots of visitors! The medieval festival added a lot of interest to the castle courtyard but the crowds made the castle interior fairly uncomfortable. You need to park about 1.6 km from the castle and either enjoy a slow amble along a sloping track or catch the transport vehicle (a motorised train). The castle retains some of it's medieval character but has a lot of later additions layered over the top. The views from the ramparts are excellent and the interior displays are good (but written info is only provided in German). There are normally twice daily falconry displays but these were unfortunately suspended during the festival. Well worth a visit if you are in the lower Harz area.
Written 9 May 2013
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