History of the Fairy-tale Castle Trendelburg
Tradition is both, task and duty.
As the Diemel meanders towards the Weser it forms a sharp curve around a rocky mountain ridge, which in ancient times was called “Trindirberg”, probably derived from the old village Trende in the West, which has completely disappeared by today.
Before 1300, Conrad the 3rd of Schöneberg built a fortress on this very hill to protect the country road leading from Kassel to Bremen. At the same time a settlement was formed in front of the castle site.
In 1305, the Earl Henry the 1st and the bishop of Paderborn each bought half of the castle and the Hesse part of it became tenure of Paderborn. Tenant in those times was the family “von Stoghusen”, which resided at the castle for four generations.
1443 and 1456 the fortress construction was restored after major fires.
After the reconstruction, castle Trendelburg was adapted to its present form. A tower 38 metres in height containing four defense bays and a pentagonal ring wall including four small circular towers extend this ensemble. Within the living quarters, constructed during the 15th and 17th century, the remains of a late Gothic chapel with a ribbed vault survive to date. Presently, the Trendelburg Registry Office conducts wedding ceremonies therein.
During the thirty-year-war Tilly’s troops occupied the castle which was destroyed by the Croatians in 1637. In the seven-year-war Trendelburg was occupied by the French, who were then driven away through artillery attacks by Duke Ferdinand the 5th of Brunswick.
In 1901, Colonel Adalbert of Stockhausen, probably a descendant of the “von Stoghusens”, bought the castle.
In 1996 the castle was taken over by Dr. Lohbeck-Enterprise-Group – its re-opening securing the castle’s long-term future for discerning visitors.
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair…..” if you believe the Bros. Grimm – and we do – beautiful Rapunzel once lived here and let down her hair from her tower.
Nowadays, you can have marvellous dreams in Rapunzel’s tower. The heavenly views across fairy-tale country are enchanting and, who knows, perhaps you may encounter one or other miraculously bewitching fairy-tale character?