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In this way he could enlarge the property at a cost to the Monastery of Weissenburg. For the quarrelsome knight this was a pleasure to fulfil, since this gave him a chance to take personal revenge on the Abbot of Weissenburg.
As a starting point for this conquering expedition, this experienced warrior first renovated the castle to improve its appearance. He built strong ramparts and bastions as well as the outwork and tower called Little France castle. After von Trotha's death, Berwartstein Castle was inherited by his son Christoph and, when he died, it went to his son-in-law, Friedrich von Fleckenstein and remained in the hands of this family for three generations.
During this time, the castle was destroyed by fire in , and, since there is no mention of any attacks, it is presumed that the castle was hit by lightning. Even though the main sections of the castle were not destroyed by the fire, it stood empty and unused for many years. Since he did not restore the castle, it fell into ruins. A certain Captain Bagienski purchased the castle in In , it was sold to Aksel Faber of Copenhagen , and thus went into foreign ownership.
The village of Erlenbach below the castle was completely destroyed during World War II , and its inhabitants sought shelter in the castle. After the war, the roof had gone as well as the woodwork around windows, doors, staircases and other furnishings. At first he was only able to do what was essential to protect the castle from the elements.
Berwartstein has an opening on the southeast side of the cliff, commonly referred to as Aufstiegskamin "entrance chimney". During the early years of the castle only the rooms and casemates in the upper cliff were complete and the shaft was the only entrance to the castle. To make it easier to ascend the shaft, a portable wooden staircase or rope ladder was placed into the castle.
In the event of attack, the staircase or ladder was hoisted up into the castle. This enabled the entrance to be defended by just one man who was supplied with boiling sap, oil or liquid to pour on any intruder attempting to ascend the shaft.
This limited access to the castles inner rooms was probably the main reason it was never conquered during the Middle Ages.
The extremely deep well is one of the castle builders' greatest accomplishments. This was essential to the castle's survival when under siege. The historic Great Hall or Rittersaal has a cross-vaulted ceiling. From the future of bitcoin to Facebook, in technology. Social networks and politics, the still unfulfilled promise of augmented reality, pay-to-play games: Apple and Google's next battleground.
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