Thurant Castle, Alken

The ruins of Thurant Castle (German: Burg Thurant, also Thurandt) stand on a wide hill spur made from slate above the villages of Alken on the Moselle in Germany. The castle is located within the county of Mayen-Koblenz in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate) and belongs to the spur castle type. Next to the castle which stands on a steep shoulder of the valley are vine gardens on the sunny side.

From the mid-13th century the archbishops of Cologne and Trier were joint owners of the site and had their respective property managed by burgraves. As a result, each half of the castle had its own bergfried, living and domestic buildings and a separate entrance.

From the early 16th century the double castle gradually fell into disrepair and was made a complete ruin during the destruction wrought by the War of the Palatine Succession. Robert Allmers (1872–1951) from Varel, co-found of the Hansa Automobil company and, from 1914, Director of Bremen's Hansa Lloyd factories, purchased the site in 1911 and had part of it rebuilt. The castle is still in private hands today, but may be visited from March to mid-November for a fee. According to the Heritage Monument Conservation Act of Rhineland-Palatinate, it is a protected monument which is incorporated into the state monument list. The entire site has been declared a protected zone. In addition Thurant Castle is a protected cultural object under the Hague Convention and displays the blue and white protection signs.
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  • There are so many castles on the Rhine that we neglect the Mosel! This was a very interesting place and you toured on your own. Mainly, you toured the gardens which were beautiful. A few areas were...  more »
  • We spent 8 days driving on the Mosel and this castle was a highlight. We've visited Burg Eltz before and it's a beautiful castle but Burg Thurant has million dollar views of the Mosel Valley from...  more »
  • The climb up was a challenge with the heat,so when we finally arrived at the castle we were so relieved to take a cold drink next to the wall. You have an amazing view from the top and the castle is surprisingly nice to visit. I did not expect it to be so nice :) best surprise in the region. There were only a couple of visitors.
  • It's a great castle, considering how few in the region are more than a pile of ruins but most of the restored parts are private. There is a tower to climb, a few small rooms and a small garden.
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