Bürresheim Castle and Mayen

Bürresheim Castle

Served as a set for a scene in the movie „Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade“, Bürresheim Castle dates from the 12th century, beginning as a fortress and gradually converted into a living Baroque castle.

It consisted initially of two independent castles and the construction of all buildings together spanned 5 different ages – between the 12th and the 17th century.

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The inner courtyard.

As I said before, the photography is prohibited inside. But Bürresheim Castle is definitely worth visiting as it is ‘full of’ genuine pieces of furniture from the 12th, 13th, 17th, and so on centuries, French and Dutch clocks, chandeliers of Venetian glass, wardrobes weighing 300 kilos, intarsia tables and cabinets. And on one cabinet decorated with ruin marble, I swear, I saw a painted flying saucer, but of course, created and depicted by nature.

Baroque garden from 1683, restored in 1952.

A couple of kilometers away from the castle is the town of Mayen located. I can’t show its overall appearance, as I am lacking in photographs – of the local castle of Genovevaburg, in the courtyard of which I was strolling, of the rose garden within its borders, of the fortified walls through which you can walk… Sometimes I just don’t feel like taking photographs or I can’t find the right frame. And yet, since I’m publishing on this blog, I’ve become more responsible for the photography in order to be able to show you the sites as much detailed as possible. And I’m using now an upper-class camera, only because my old beloved high-end compact camera got an unexplainable lens defect after taking 10 thousand shots with it. As if it was telling me: Leave me in peace please, I need to rest.


View from Genovevaburg of the square with the Old City Hall with its Baroque façade from 1717. Behind is the St. Clement’s Parish Church with its twisted spire – a symbol of the town.

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The contemporary building is a result of the construction of numerous churches over the centuries in a place where there had been a wooden one as early as 600 AD. Although the twisting of the spire is considered to be a technical mistake, there is a legend remained from the construction in the 14th century where it is said that this happened after a fight between the “bad devil” and the good Christian saint. The church masons deceived the devil by telling him they would build a bar and a dance salon. The devil was so excited that he decided to help them out with the construction. But when he finally saw the result, he was so furious that he tried to demolish the spire. He only managed to twist it because Saint Clement prevented him from doing it.

Another church – Herz Jesu Kirche/Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, photographed from the passage through the fortified wall. It is rather contemporary – dates from 1911-1912.

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