The unique location of the castle hill gives you a wide view over the hills of the Westerwald and of Siegerland all the into the Siebengebirge region. This fact, as well as this spot‘s close proximity to the important Cologne-Leipzig and Cologne-Frankfurt trade routes, led Count Henry III of Sayn to build a castle with a chapel here in the year 1200. The castle receive the name of the hill upon which it was built - „Hagenberg.“ „Hagen“ means something like „thicket“ or „hedge.“ The castle walls erected at the time were to witness the busy activity of the city to the or more than four centuries. The last lord of the castle was
Count Salentin Ernst von Manderscheid-Blankenberg who, through his marriage in the year 1651 to Countess Ernestine von Sayn-Hachenburg, was granted the castle and lordship of the county named in his bride‘s title. It is thanks to him that after the devastating city fire on 13 October 1654, the city was rebuilt in its present-day form. After the death of Count Salentin, his uncle, Georg Friedrich, Lord of Kirchberg Castle ordered architect Julius Ludwig Rothweil to build a baroque palace, using the rubble of the castle for some of the necessary materials. The initials of the Castle Lord can still be seen on the wrought
iron door of the gateway. The extensive Baroque palace changed owner several times during the 20th Century: it served, amongst many functions, as the District Court, as an apartment building and as the Local History Museum. It was also used as a hotel for a period. It has housed the University of the German Bundesbank since 1974.
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The exterior of the castle can be visited from Monday to Friday from 08:00 - 18:00. On weekends,
the outdoor area can be visited only as part of a guided tour of the city.
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