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Blankenheim Castle: from medieval plumbing to hostel

The castle of Blankenheim was innovative for its time: in 1469 a unique for the Medieval Ages plumbing system appeared in it. Water was brought from the spring that was separated from the castle by a valley and a mountain. That’s why a 150-meter-long tunnel had to be made with an intricate technology: it was cut through in six places simultaneously through vertical shafts. Subsequently, the 12th century knight castle underwent several transformations. In the 17th century it was decorated with elements of baroque, a garden with a conservatory was laid out around it, and a menagerie was set up.

In 1794 the castle of Blankenheim was abandoned by its owners because the French came to the region. Many noble families were forced to leave the place and escape. For over a hundred years the castle was abandoned and decayed slowly, until in 1936 it was handed over to the Youth Hostel Association which owns it now. And they only remembered about the plumbing system 20 years ago, when it was found during the renovation. Today it is possible to stay overnight in the castle, as there is a youth hostel there. th elements of baroque, a garden with a conservatory was laid out around it, and a menagerie was set up.

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Burgberg 3
53945, Blankenheim
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50.437852, 6.651659
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