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Rötteln Castle is one of the most imposing castles in south west Germany and is today, after Hochberg and Hohenbaden, the third largest ruin in Baden. It's position on the southern edge of the Black Forest close to the Rhine, above the Wiese valley (near the modern town of Lörrach), and its extensive fortifications made it one of the most significant castles in south west Germany. Although first mentioned in 1259, the castle was probably first built long before then. It was the seat of the Lords of Rötteln (who first appear in the historical re...
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Sausenberg Castle today is a modest ruin, barely sign-posted, gradually being reclaimed by the trees at the western edge of the Black Forest, near the modern day town of Kandern. In its day, however, Sausenberg was the seat of the Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg, a near 200 year dynasty out of the House of Baden that accumulated most of the land of the south western corner of Germany, that today is called Markgräflerland (Margrave's Land). The Castle of Sausenberg The first record of Sausenberg is dated to 1120, when the 668m (c. 2200ft) peak...
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Rudolph von Baden-Hachberg, the younger son of Heinrich (Henry) II, Margrave of Hachberg, establishes the Hachberg-Sausenberg line. This branch of the extended Baden nobility takes its name from the family seat of Sausenberg Castle near Kandern, built by the Baden-Hachbergs in 1240. Through Rudolph's marriage in 1298 or 1299 to Agnes, heiress of Rötteln, the Hachberg-Sausenbergs comes into possession in 1315 of Rötteln Castle, near the modern day Swiss border at Lörrach. In 1444 they acquire Badenweiler Castle. On the death of Philip von Hach...
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On the death of Philip von Hachberg-Sausenberg in Montpellier, France, on 9th September 1503, the Hachberg-Sausenberg branch of the House of Baden dies out. First established in 1306 as a branch of the Baden-Hachberg line, itself a branch of the main Baden line, the Hachberg-Sausenberg lands and title in Germany (Philip also had interests in France and Switzerland which passed to his daughter) is inherited by Christoph (Christopher) I von Baden, Margrave of Baden, thus returning them to the main Baden line, though not for long. The former Hac...
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