Schwaig bei Nürnberg — A Haunted Castle And Would-Be Treasures

Schwaig, just east-northeast of Nuremberg, is officially known as Schwaig bei Nürnberg. But, when you’re eyeball deep in Franconian sightseeing I don’t think you’ll be splitting hairs on its name.

How about we just call it Schwaig from here on out, shall we? Great.

Schwaig, and its two other villages, are located along the Pegnitz River within Middle Franconia. Sure, the countryside is nice — it’s even nicer when you’ve got its castles in view, too.

Schwaiger Schloss is one of them. This is what I heard about the castle: 15th century, blah, blah, blah, haunted, blah, blah. Ha-ha, just kidding. I mean about the blah, blah part, not about it being haunted. ;-)

I think it’s a benevolent ghost, since the annual Castle Festival (in September) takes place here; and no one’s gone off screaming into the night. Ah, there I go cracking myself up again.

It’s also been said that the Schwaig Castle has a secret underground passage to the Malmsbach Castle, which is a 14th century moated castle. I’m sure if there really was one, builders would have found it when they rebuilt back in the 15th century.

You’ve got one more castle in the Behringer. It’s a Baroque castle today, but like many it was once a medieval (13th century) belonging to the Count of Nassau (and I don’t mean the Bahamas). Its Rococo stucco artwork in its upper rooms is exceptionally noteworthy (which is why I just mentioned it). There I go again, making jokes — can’t help myself. ;-)

Schwaig’s Mary Magdalene Church in the village of Behringer is also from the 15th century. There’s a crypt underneath the church for a local 18th century family, that’s been said to have housed all sorts of treasure. When authorities got the chance to look, they found nothing. Too bad, I wouldn’t have minded getting a glimpse of that.

What you can get a glimpse of is the Bronze Age Celtic grave. It was found with amber and bronze jewelry, pottery shards, and remains of a loom back in the 1960’s.

All that’s left for a jokester (I mean visitor, citizen, expat, whoever) to do is following along either the Nordic Walking Route (one is more than 11km long) or the Pegnitz Circular Trail; a 6.5km route that’ll bring you past the swimming pools (1 indoor, 1 outdoor), quite a few framework houses, and charming fountains.

Maybe with any luck you’ll get to see the ghost said to haunt the castle. If not, you’ll sure get to see a really wonderful Franconian town nonetheless.

 

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