Alt Eberstein, Baden-Baden

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The ruins of Alt-Eberstein are the remains of the former Schloss Eberstein, located on a hill near the town of Ebersteinburg and directly upstream of the modern city of Baden-Baden, in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The original structure was built in 1100 as the primary residence of the Counts of Eberstein, but by the end of the 16th century had been abandoned and much of the castle was torn down to provide materials for other structures. Presently it is a German national monument and a State Palace of Baden-Wuerttemberg.HistoryA spur castle situated on a once-strategic mountain peak, the fortress was constructed as the seat of the Counts of Eberstein perhaps as early as 1100. The oldest part of the castle remaining intact are the ramparts. The first historical mention of the castle occurs in 1197 as Castrum Eberstein. In the second half of the 13th century, the Ebersteins began construction on Castle Neu-Eberstein and the older seat declined in prominence and ultimately fell into disrepair; by 1573, it was uninhabited and thereafter became a quarry used by both the Eberstein descendants and locals. Starting in the 1800s, efforts have been made to preserve the site (which now consists solely of elements of the curtain wall and keep) and it presently one of the State Palaces and Gardens of Baden-Wuerttemberg, housing a restaurant and garden open to tourists.
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  • was sitting for an hour and was like invisible in the eyes of the bar attender.2 set of couples came after us and he attended to them gracefully. After we signal him to attend to us he screamed at us ...  more »
  • One very interesting old ruin castle, with a nice restaurant and a nice view over Baden Baden. A route plan walk through the forest to other tourist attractions is also to be planned if you visit this...  more »
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  • Old castle with a wonderful scenic view on sunny days. Nice restaurant next door.
  • Nice viewing platform attop the old castle tower looking over the surrounding area, including a restaurant. You have to climb around 60 steps to get to the restaurant area.
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