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Thurandt Castle (Alken and Kattenes), Germany - attractions, pictures

 

Alken and Kattenes - two villages located on different banks of the Moselle. In the photo, the near Alken, the distant one is Kattenes.

 

 Alken and Kattenes

Alken and Kattenes

Alken is some larger and has its own castle Thurandt (Burg Thurandt). But there is a railway station in Kattenes.
I planned, besides Thurandt, to look at one more nearby castle - Eltz (Burg Eltz), but as soon as I got into the hotel, poured rain. After a couple of hours of rainfall, there was some clarification and, since it was already late to go to Eltz, went out for a walk around the village. My eyes opened an eerie sight.

 

 Kattenes

Kattenes after the rain

 

Through the streets, a stream of dirt merged from the mountain, tearing down on its way the least persistent obstacles, like fences and bushes. Some yards turned into a swamp. The entire population of the village roamed the streets barefoot and tried to direct the stream the shortest way to the river.

 

 Kattenes
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Kattenes after the rain

 

Probably, it's still not a very frequent phenomenon. If this happened after every rain, it would be impossible to live in the village. Actually, that this phenomenon is extraordinary, is confirmed by the fact that the next morning I saw a brigade of TV reporters.

In Kattenes, there is some semblance of sight - the valley of the Mills.

 

 Kattenes. Valley of the Mills

Valley of the Mills

 

In fact, not a single operating mill is there - they are all turned into ordinary houses. But, before, apparently, the stream was fuller and the mills worked. There are a couple of dozen of them, the oldest of the XVII century.


Alken - a bigger village and, thanks to the castle, with a history. It is clear that the people who served the local feudal lord lived next to the castle. Alken has preserved several old houses, a medieval gate and a church.

 

 Alken. South Gate

Alken. South Gate
Fallerport (XIV century)

 

 Alken. South Gate

Alken. South Gate
Fallerport (XIV century)

 

The Church of St. Michael is formally very old, but really from the medieval building there is almost nothing left - a bit of brickwork at the base. Well, maybe there is something inside, but it opens only during the service, as it should be in the village.

 

 Alken. Church of St. Michael

Church of St. Michael
St. Michael kirche  (XI century)

 

Next to the church is a cemetery. Here the monuments there are really very old.

 

 Alken. Cemetery

Alken Cemetery. Grave of Staff Steffes (1568)

 

But, of course, the main thing is why tourists go to Alken - Thurandt Castle (Burg Thurandt).

 

 Thurandt Castle

Thurandt Castle
Burg Thurandt (XIII в.)

 

By the way, the castle is very unusual - with two dungeons. This is due to the fact that for a while he had two independent masters (the bishops of Trier and Cologne, who, of course, did not live here themselves, but kept garrisons), and was divided by a wall in the middle.

 

 Thurandt Castle

Thurandt Castle
Burg Thurandt (XIII в.)

 

In the middle of the XVI century. the castle lost its importance and fell into decay, and in 1689 it was destroyed by French troops.

 

 Thurandt Castle

Thurandt Castle
Burg Thurandt (XIII в.)

 

Now the castle is privately owned and can be accessed for a small fee.

 

 Thurandt Castle
Thurandt Castle
Burg Thurandt (XIII century)

 

It is clear that for the most part what is now shown there is unoriginal, but still interesting.


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