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Flea catcher. 16th/17th century. This flea-catching device, made of bone, is an archaeological rarity. Found at Dagstuhl Castle during the excavations in 1999-2001.
Ground plan with rooms named
Sketch of the sinking of a well into rock. The candle is not only a source of light but is also essential in that it shows the presence of poisonous gases and whether there is sufficient air to breathe. Drawing, Jörg Müller. Taken from: Heinrich Boxler, Jörg Müller: Burgenland Schweiz
Manorial hall with tiled stove and glazed windows. The state rooms of the 16th century in Dagstuhl Castle could have been similar. Historic portrayal from 1531.


Life at Dagstuhl Castle

The documents of the time after 1375 when four families lived here disclose an excellent economic situation: outer and inner wards contained numerous economic buildings which bear witness to extensive livestock breeding and storage of natural produce. There were also a bakehouse and a brewhouse.
A draw well which drew water from a depth of 36 meters was important for the high standard of living. It had to be deepened and repaired several times. A cistern as supplementary water supply was mentioned for the first time in 1571. In 1619, when no water was found in the castle, a new well was installed which was fed by supply pipes.

The fact that glass windows were delivered around 1470 and 2,500 Venetian glass panes in 1583 illustrates the luxurious life style at the castle. Several tiled stoves and iron stoves  were mentioned in 1573 and a clock mechanism in 1552. The courtyards were well paved several times and the walls frequently plastered.

Despite the fact that some of the families only just managed to fulfil their obligations to pay maintenance and repeatedly caused extensive repair work, the castle was still an attractive building at the beginning of the 18th century.

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