In Germany there are more than 25 thousand palaces, castles and fortresses. Most of them have survived to nowadays only in the form of ruins, some remained in the property of the descendants of ancient German clans, others became museums, hotels, tourist centers. Your attention is presented to the Golden Twentieth of the medieval stone sights of Germany, is informed by dw.com.
Altena Castle - Burg Altena. In the valley of the river Lena there is a castle, which according to legends was built in the 12th century by representatives of the Berg Counts dynasty. Over the past centuries, the castle has housed a garrison, a disabled home, a criminal court, a shelter for the poor, a prison, and a hospital. In 1912, the first youth hostel in Germany (Jugendherberge) was founded there