You can follow a narrow path slightly downhill and discover the Sporkenburg, which is well hidden on a mountain ridge in the Emsbach valley in the heart of the Westerwald forest – it’s a real insider tip!
The ruins you will find date back to the late Middle Ages. There are a striking number of influences from French chateaux. For example, there was no castle keep. Instead, there was a five-storey shield wall with ‘tourelles’, or tower-like projections from the façade.
The window openings afford lovely views over the scenic valley.
The ruins of Sporkenburg are open all year round and free to access, but not gritted in winter.
Regrettably, as it is a historic site, disabled access to Sporkenburg ruins is not possible.
Sporkenburg is a perfect destination for a lovely forest walk.