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Kastelburg sits in the Black Forest north east of Freiburg, on the slopes above Waldkirch and the river Elz. It is reached from Waldkirch train station by a short forest walk that is guarded by prominent figures from its history. Built sometime after 1254 to defend the town, control trade through the valley, and generally act as the focal point of the territory of the small Schwarzenberger dynasty, the castle was destroyed nearly 400 years later during the Thirty Years War.
By 1293 the Lords of Schwarzenberg had become vassals of the Austrian...
Having been taken by Protestant Margrave of Baden-Durlach troops two years earlier, Kastelburg Castle above Waldkirch - in the Black Forest north east of Freiburg - is recovered by troops of the Catholic Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War. However, the position proves untenable in the face of advancing Swedish troops allied to the Protestant cause, and on 15th March 1634 imperial troops destroy the castle to prevent its use by the enemy.