Ruine Isenburg

In the west of Hattingen, toweing high above the Ruhr river lie the remains of this once so proud castle. The ruins themselves, however, refer to the history that has taken place here, the consequences of which have been of great political significance.


The mighty fortress on Isenberg was the seat of Count Friedrich von Isenberg, who believed that he could forcefully resolve a legal and tax dispute with his uncle, Archbishop Engelbert of Cologne. At Gevelsberg he killed the archbishop - with the consequence that he was banned from the church and the Hattinger Isenburg was razed to the ground. Friedrich von Isenberg himself was captured, tortured and executed in Cologne.

The ruins still bear witness of the once enormous size of the castle. Just how well the location for the castle was chosen can be seen today from the Custodis house, which the Düsseldorf court architect Custodis had built in the ruins of the Isenburg in 1858. Today this building accommodates a small information point open on Sundays and holidays (April-October).

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Ruine Isenburg

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