Bürresheim Castle greets its visitors like something out of a fairy tale. With its pointed rooftops, dainty alcoves and colourful timber-frames, it seems to have completely withstood the passing of time, which is hardly surprising, as the building has never been destroyed and was even inhabited until 1921. The baroque garden on the south side of the castle has featured in numerous paintings and is definitely worth a visit.
Did you know that the castle has been used as a film set? The film of the fairy tale ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ was filmed here, as were parts of ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ with Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.
Information on opening hours and admission prices can be found here.
There is a car park right next to the castle entrance.
Regrettably, as it is a historic site, disabled access to Bürresheim Castle is not possible.
There is no food and drink available at Bürresheim Castle. However, there are a range of refreshments on offer nearby once you return from your visit to the castle.
Bürresheim Castle sits on a rocky ridge to the north-west of the town of Mayen. It is one of the few castles where you can clearly see a gradual progression from medieval defensive fortress to baroque residence. The virtually unchanged interior of the castle also shows visitors how the Rhenish nobility would have lived between the 15th and the 20th centuries. There is also another reason why Bürresheim Castle is worth a visit: it is a castle that has been spared any battles, making it a rare example of a residential medieval castle in its original condition. It was even inhabited until 1921. Over several generations, the family put together a rich collection of furniture and paintings, which remains a unique record of the lives and culture of Rhenish nobility. The castle forms part of a picture-postcard group of buildings that expanded between the 12th and 17th centuries. The primitive castle keep formed part of the original complex. The little baroque garden on the south side of the castle has featured in paintings dating back as far as 1700. The charming castle courtyard is full of colourful timber-frames and rooftops in different shapes and sizes, with slate roofs and spires. The distribution of the rooms in the late medieval hall shows how simple life was around 1490. On each floor, there is a big room with oak columns, beamed ceilings and huge fireplaces. It was only in later centuries that they were split into smaller, cosier rooms. Furniture from the 15th to the 19th century has been lovingly retained until the present day. There are countless portraits of family members and noblemen from centuries gone by. (From “Reisezeit – Zeitreise”. Verlag Schnell + Steiner. 2010)