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Fleckenstein Tower ca. 1900, postcard
View of palace and castle ruin, Dagstuhl shortly before 1863
Imaginative south view of castle ruin with face in Rollingen Tower

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Legends surrounding Dagstuhl Castle

Many similar legends grew up around mysterious peacefully dormant castles in the 18th and 19th centuries. The so-called „foundation legends“ differ from these in that they are sometimes based on historical facts. So Dagstuhl Castle is supposed to have been built by a knight named Boemund whe rested here, fell asleep and dreamt of treasure. Guided by a bee, the knight had the nearby hill dug up and actually discovered an enormous treasure which enabled him to build Dagstuhl castle.

Another legend relates of a wild castle bailiff called Reinert who was turned into a steed by the devil and harnessed to his carriage because he starved and opressed the peasants,. They got rid of his evil spirit by capturing it in a bottle and throwing it in a remote bog, where he still haunts to this very day.

The legend of Knight Bodo is unusual. He lost a leg in battle and had it replaced with one made of gold. After Bodo‘s death his angry stable lad stole the valuable leg from the tomb whereupon Bodo‘s enraged ghost appeared to him at midnight and –successfully - demanded the return of his leg.

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Fleckenstein Tower ca. 1900, postcard
View of palace and castle ruin, Dagstuhl shortly before 1863
Imaginative south view of castle ruin with face in Rollingen Tower (right).

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