Osterburg (Weida)

The Osterburg (German: [ˈoːstɐˌbʊʁk] (About this soundlisten)) is a castle located conspicuously on a hill in the middle of the town of Weida in the county of Greiz in the German state of Thuringia.

The fortified house at Weida
Osterburg vom Weidabogen.jpg
The Osterburg in Weida
Osterburg is located in Germany
Coordinates50°46′21″N 12°03′24″E / 50.7726°N 12.0568°E / 50.7726; 12.0568Coordinates: 50°46′21″N 12°03′24″E / 50.7726°N 12.0568°E / 50.7726; 12.0568
Typehill castle
Site information
Conditionpreserved or largely preserved
Site history
Built1163 to 1193


Its 54-metre-high bergfried is the third highest and one of the oldest surviving bergfrieds in Germany. Above its second array of battlements there is a watchman's parlour, which accommodated a watchman until 1917. On the terrace there is a monument which records that this was the furthest south that the ice sheet came in Germany during the Elster glaciation.


  • Henriette Joseph, Haik Thomas Porada (eds.): Das nördliche Vogtland um Greiz. (=Landschaften in Deutschland Werte der deutschen Heimat, Vol. 68). Böhlau, Cologne etc., 2006, ISBN 3-412-09003-4.
  • Rosemarie Bimek, Heinz Fischer, Roland Gehring, Dr. Egbert Richter, Kurt Häßner, Dieter Hauer, Günter Kummer: 800 Jahre Osterburg, Weida in Thüringen. Stadtverwaltung Weida in Thüringen, Heimatmuseum Osterburg, Altenburg, 1993, pp. 1–52.

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