Situated at 1268 meters
above the sea level and the highest castle ruin of Germany. The castle
was built in 1059 as fortress for the bishop of Augsburg. The smallness
of the construction and the naming could possibly explained that it was
built by the bishop for the hunt around the mountain Falkenstein. With
the establishment of the "Vogtei" Falkenstein in 1310 it was used as an
office for the installed functionary and ended the utilization as summer
residence. Since the end of the 16th century no functionary was present
and the castle has fallen into disrepair.
With King Ludwig II purchase of the building it was again paid attention. The
romantic beauty interested him. In moonlit nights he enjoyed
alone the dreamy and extensive view over his country from the ruin. A
new castle should be built here and in 1885 the construction of water
pipes started. The castle remained a dream after the death of king
Ludwig in 1886.