Station: [32] The Emscherbruch

“During the Middle Ages the entire castle looked very differently. No streets, almost no buildings, but dark woods and great lakes, swamps and damp meadows. Yet since there was a lot of money to be made from trading horses, many rich aristocrats built their castles here. However, they had to submit to the more powerful locals: the count of the march, the head of the powerful women’s convent in Essen and especially the archbishop of Cologne. Even as lord of a castle you had to serve them and pay your duties.”