Burg Bentheim, Bad Bentheim

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Bentheim Castle is an early medieval hill castle in Bad Bentheim, Lower Saxony, Germany. The castle is first mentioned in the 11th century under the name binithem.SituationThe castle is built on a protusion of Bentheim sandstone, which not only provided building materials for the castle itself, but was also a valued export product. This Bentheimer Höhenrücken is the last protusion of the nearby Teutoburger forest. Its elevated position in an otherwise very flat landscape, provides an excellent view and thus a strategic location to build a castle.HistoryUntil 1500The earliest history of the castle, which was erected on the remains of an earlier refuge castle is largely unknown. In the registries of Werden Abbey (1050) the castle is mentioned, as Binedheim, in and contributes grain, honey and 2 solidi. A document from 1020 names Otto von Northeim as the owner of the castle. In 1116 the castle is completely destroyed in the war between Herzog Lothar von Süpplinburg, better known as Lothar III and Heinrich V. The Annalista Saxo describes how Lothar "lays siege to Binithem, a fine and strong city and burned it after it was conquered". The epithet "strong" (firmam) suggests the castle played a vital role in the cities defences, though it is assumed it was a wooden structure, and not yet a stone one.
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  • You have to negotiate a grade to the impressive gate of Bentheim Castle and pay 5 Euro a head at the box office, but after that you have gained access to a well preserved medieval castle with a lot...  more »
  • While travelling through Germany and into the Netherlands, we decided on a rest stop at Bad Bentheim. Parking in town, we wandered around the town and admired the castle from the public park. It is...  more »
  • Very well maintained. Easy to spend an afternoon there. Good local facilities adjacent. Worth a visit
  • Beautiful medieval castle with museum. On top of the castle there is great view. A great place visit when you are in Germany.
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