Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire of the House of Hohenstaufen built Harburg Castle. Historians say that its construction began in the XI century. The castle had a task of controlling a major trade road passing through the place. However, most of the extant buildings of the castle date back to the XVIII century. By that time, the era of the Hohenstaufen in the "castle on the marsh" had already become history. The castle belonged to the family of the Counts Oettingen-Wallerstein. Today, too Harburg is their property. The castle is open to visitors only for seven months - from April to October.
The so-called "Tower of Thieves" with the authentic torture chamber is Harburg Castle’s main attraction. It is also interesting to look at the well-preserved medieval grain storage. The interior preserves a collection of paintings collected by the castle owners, as well as a collection of hunting weapons and trophies. Another local landmark is the enormous depth of the well. In the Middle Ages it was 129m deep! At that time the inhabitants of the fortress had to spend almost an hour to get water.
In the 80-ies Harburg castle made an indelible impression on Michael Jackson, who called it "the castle of his dreams". It often hosts weddings and business presentations. A restaurant works in it. Besides, the walls of Harburg host a large-scale festival of historical reconstruction every two years.