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Ridge castle

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Ridge castle

A ridge castle is a term derived from the German word Kammburg for a medieval fortification built on a ridge or the crest of mountain or hill chain.[1]

Ridge castles were not a common type of fortification. Whilst castles of this type were relatively well protected, they had the disadvantage that they could be attacked from two sides.[1]

For better protection, several such castles could be built in close proximity to one another.

See also



  1. ^ a b c Friedrich-Wilhelm Krahe: Burgen des deutschen Mittelalters. Grundriss-Lexikon. Flechsig, Würzburg 2000, ISBN 3-88189-360-1, p. 18.


  • Michael Losse: Kleine Burgenkunde. Regionalia, Euskirchen 2011, ISBN 978-3-939722-39-7.
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