Castle of Satzvey
A medieval water castle
The Burg Satzvey is a medieval water castle, primarily built in the 12th century, lying in the northeastern border of the Eifel in Mechernich (district Satzvey) in Euskirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany). Experts consider it to be the best preserved original water castle structure of the Rhineland, a jewel of the Rhenish castle building and monument noble culture and way of life.
Burg Satzvey is a typical water castle, established by royal families in the 14th and 15th century on the lowlands, whereas the nobility tended to build easily defensible hill forts. Without a mountain to provide a natural barrier against attackers, moats were constructed as a substitute obstacle. For this reason, water castles were usually built on two islands and almost always lay near a stream that supplied the moat with water. The stronger fortified main fortress was thereby additionally protected by the outer bailey on the second island.
Today, Satzvey Castle is considered to have the best preserved original structure of any moated castle in the Rhineland. The oldest parts are the original keep, the twin towered gatehouse, the north wall and the north tower. These have endured for 600 years and, together with the additional construction that took place in the late 19th century, constitute a monument to the typical German water castle.
Regular events at the castle are Knight Festival, Fantasydays, historical bazaars and seasonal markets and festivals, medieval gambling, music events, theatre performances, stage shows and special events for children.
The castle falconry offers raptor displays following castle tours on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Since 2009, an annual open-air summer spectacle for families has been held on the grounds of the castle.
The rooms and grounds are also available for hire for corporate events and private parties.
The castle grounds can be visited at any time without charge. Tours of the interior of the castle are offered for a fee. Several restaurant and shops can also be found on the castle grounds.
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