Wewelsburg is a castle in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia, built in the shape of a triangle. It was built between 1603 and 1609 by the Prince of Paderborn.
In 1934 the castle was rented for one hundred years by Reich Heinrich Himmler who wanted to convert into a Reich Fuehrer SS School for future SS officers. This would transform the castle into a Ordensburg. The Wewelsburg was also the headquarters of the SS. From 1939 to 1943 was the most construction work performed by convicts. These were often political prisoners and prisoner of war. In the large tower, the Nordturm, a marble mosaic was constructed from one or Sonnenrad Schwarze Sonne. Himmler used this space a whole following the use of the Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur, so with only twelve guests around his table, and Himmler himself as the thirteenth. Among the Nordturm, which should have been expanded to Mittelpunkt der Welt, is the Gruft, a sacred space for deceased SS officers. In the spring of 1940 was also the concentration camp near the castle Niederhagen into use.
In 1945 Himmler ordered the castle to blow. This was partly successful: only the great northern tower was destroyed. Later the castle was rebuilt in 1950 and used as a museum and youth hostel. In 1973 started the restoration of the Nordturm. In 1977 it was decided that the whole castle would be restored as a war memorial and museum to preserve and youth hostel.
|Areal view on Wewelsburg castle. The tour started in the
building above right with the exhibition of the SS at Wewelsburg castle. Tthe
route continued through the courtyard of the Castle to the north tower with the
SS Generals Hall and under the tower the crypt, center of the dark mistieke
experience of Himmler and his SS. Part of the castle is a youth hostel since
1950. They have tried to remove the dark mystic atmosphere by modernization of
the interior with remaining authentic details. In the SS Generals Hall you can
still see the black sun but with cheerfully coloured cushions they have tried to
create a more relaxed atmosphere.
||When I approached the SS castle Wewelsburg I had
a wonderful view of the castle and I stopped the car and took this
||The entrance of Wewelsburg Castle.
||Fireplace in the 17th century. The first thing
you see when you enter the castle.
||In this room, members of the SS were
||In this room, members of the SS were installed.
But also SS wedding in the same room.