14 Old Ruins in Germany that you should visit - With photos & details

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14 Old Ruins to explore in Germany

Country with the largest population in Europe. Stretches from the North and the Baltic Sea in the north to the Alps in the south. It is traversed by some of Europe's major rivers such as the Rhine, Danube and Elbe.

All Saints' AbbeyAllerheiligen 3, 77728 Oppenau, Germany

One of the major religious, cultural and political centres of the region from 13th to 18th century. A bolt of lightning struck the church tower in 1804, causing a large fire and destroying the building completely. Previously, two large fires in 1470 and 1555 had already destroyed parts of the monastery premises.

Beelitz-HeilstättenBeelitz-Heilstätten, 14547 Beelitz, Germany

Beelitz-Heilstätten is home to a large hospital complex of about 60 buildings, including a cogeneration plant built-in 1898. The place served as a military hospital of the Imperial German Army in World War I. Today, a few small sections of the enormous hospital are used for neurological rehabilitation and Parkinson’s research. The majority of the complex, including the surgery ward, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, have all been abandoned and left to decay back into the surrounding fores

Burg DagstuhlSchloßstraße 1, 66687 Wadern, Germany

It also called Burgruine Dagstuhl or Burg Dagstuhl. It is a ruined castle on the top of a hill near Wadern town in Saarland, Germany. Knight Boemund of Saarbrücken found the castle sometime before 1290. It overlooks the newer Schloss Dagstuhl (now a computer science research center) in the valley below.

HeiligenbergHeiligenberg, 69121 Heidelberg, Germany

Large wooded hill overlooking the town of Heidelberg. It has been the site of many historic and pre-historic constructions, including a Celtic hilltop fortification, a Roman sacred precinct, several medieval monasteries, modern lookout towers and the Heidelberg Thingstätte- an open air theatre built by the Nazis in the 1930s.

Hillfort of OtzenhausenTrierer Str. 5, 66620 Nonnweiler, Germany

The Celtic hill fort of Otzenhausen was one of the largest fortifications the Celts ever constructed. It is located about 695 m above sea level. The only obvious remaining things as of now are two circular earth ramparts, covered with stones.

HohentwielHohentwiel, 78224 Singen, Germany

An extinct volcano with the ruins of a castle on its top. Hohentwiel began forming, along with the chain of volcanoes in the Hegau region, about 7–8 million years ago. Hohentwiel Castle, whose ruins are on top of Hohentwiel, was built in 914 using stone taken from the mountain by Burchard II, Duke of Swabia.

Kaiserthermen, or The Trier Imperial Baths are a large Roman bath complex in Trier, Germany constructed in the 4th century AD. This large complex consists of an impressive outer walls, and subterranean passageways with furnaces for heating.

Karnin Lift BridgeKarnin, Bugewitz, Germany

Hubbrücke Karnin in German, a railway bridge over the Peenestrom river in North Germany that built in 1933 and destroyed in 1945. It was part of the old Ducherow–Swinemünde railway. It is nominated for designation as a Historic Symbol of Engineering in Germany.

Lichtenstein CastleSchloß Lichtenstein 1, 72805 Lichtenstein, Germany

Gothic Revival style fairy tale castle of Württemberg. The castle was inspired by the novel Lichtenstein (1826) by Wilhelm Hauff and was built in 1840–1842. The ruins of the medieval castle that inspired the novel are a few hundred meters away. The castle is located on an escarpment that marks the northwestern edge of the Swabian Alps.

New GardenAm Neuen Garten, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

The New Garden is a park in Potsdam with 102.5 hectares located south-west Berlin, Germany. Starting in 1787, Frederick William II arranged to have a new garden in this location and later, and it came to be known by this rather prosaic name. The New Garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Cecilienhof Palace is located in the northern part of the New Garden.

Olympisches Dorf14624 Olympisches Dorf, Germany

The Olympics Dorf was built to house all participating athletes, officials, trainers, and other workers in the 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the XI Olympiad Games. It was held in Berlin, about 4000 people from 50 nationalities lived in this Olympic Village during the games.

Rheinfels CastleSchlossberg 47, 56329 St. Goar, Germany

Rheinfels Castle is a castle ruin located above the left bank of the Rhine River in Sankt Goar, Germany. It was founded in 1245 by Count Diether V of Katzenelnbogen. The castle was damaged by French Revolutionary Army troops in 1797. It is the largest castle overlooking the Rhine, and historically covered five times its current area. While much of the castle is a ruin, some of the outer buildings now housed a luxury hotel, "wellness" centre, restaurant. and a museum.

SchlossbergSchlossberg, 79104 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Tree-covered hill of 456 metres (1,496 ft) located in the area of the city of Freiburg im Breisgau. Fortified structures had been built on the Schlossberg since the 11th century. Remains of some of them are still visible today. The tower located on the hill (Schloßbergturm) offers a unique panoramic view over the whole town and its vicinity.

Veldenz CastleSchloßstraße 4, 66625 Nohfelden, Germany

It was built on a spur over Nohfelden village in Saarland and was first mentioned in 1285. In 1490, after the death of Duke Louis the Black, his sons Kaspar and Alexander ruled the duchy jointly for a year. Then, Alexander, had his older brother locked up in the castle, claiming that Kaspar was mad. Kaspar remained locked up in Veldenz castle until his death in 1527, even after Alexander's death. The castle was frequently damaged in the many wars of the 17th century but was always repaired.