An imperial castle or Reichsburg was a castle built by order of the Holy Roman Emperor, whose management was entrusted to Reichsministeriales or Burgmannen. It is not possible to identify a clear distinction between imperial castles and the fortified imperial palaces or Pfalzen, because many imperial castles were used by German kings for temporary stays. Many imperial castles were built in regions such as Swabia, Franconia, the Palatinate and the Alsace, where there were a high density of imperial estates (Reichsgüter) during the Hohenstaufen era.

Courtyard of the imperial castle of Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany

List of imperial castles (Reichsburgen) Edit

The imperial castle of Berwartstein, Palatinate, Germany
The imperial castle of Münzenberg, Hesse, Germany
Harburg Castle, once a Staufian imperial castle, Harburg, Bavaria, Germany

France Edit

Germany Edit

Baden-Württemberg Edit

Bavaria Edit

Hesse Edit

Lower Saxony Edit

North Rhine-Westphalia Edit

Rhineland-Palatinate Edit

Saarland Edit

Thuringia Edit

Switzerland Edit

See also Edit

Sources Edit

  • Horst Wolfgang Böhme, Reinhard Friedrich, Barbara Schock-Werner (Hrsg.): Wörterbuch der Burgen, Schlösser und Festungen. Philipp Reclam, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-15-010547-1, p. 208.

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