The extraordinary panorama with two fortified medieval castles – Niederburg and Oberburg – as a result of the notorious medieval history of the area, is the main attraction of Manderscheid. And although this is not my favorite type of tourist attractions, I had to visit at least one of them – the so-called Niederburg/the Lower Castle.
Oberburg/the Upper Castle.
Niederburg/the Lower Castle.
Oberburg/the Upper Castle, seen from the Lower Castle.
The history of the castles began in 973, (although they were first mentioned as follows: Oberburg – about 1142 and Niederburg – presumably in 1173) and with time they established themselves as properties of two different principalities – of Trier and of Luxembourg. The Lieser River that flows between the castles marked once the border between them.
A wayside cross from 1680 near the Lower Castle.
The history of the Church of St. Hubertus can be traced back to the early 14th century and even though its present appearance dates from the year 1968, there is still something very special about it that you would probably sense right after entering it.
Maybe it is due to its unusual interior that has given it the name ‘Lebensbaumkirche’/’A Tree of Life Church’. Its baptismal font stands in the crypt and its column, as a tree of life, rises through the ceiling to the altar.
In the crypt.
Another three wayside crosses – from 1685, 1634, and 1685.
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