Meistersel Castle

Meistersel Castle is a ruined castle near Ramberg on the outskirts of the Palatinate Forest in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is located on a 492-metre-high hilltop that towers above the Modenbach valley near the Three Beeches pass (Drei Buchen) on the road from Ramberg to Edenkoben.

Meistersel Castle
Burg Meistersel, Burg Modeneck, Modenbacher Schloss
Meistersel Pallasrest.jpg
Wall remains of the palas in the upper ward
Meistersel Castle is located in Germany
Meistersel Castle
Meistersel Castle
Coordinates49°16′32″N 8°01′30″E / 49.27556°N 08.02500°E / 49.27556; 08.02500Coordinates: 49°16′32″N 8°01′30″E / 49.27556°N 08.02500°E / 49.27556; 08.02500
Typehill castle, rock castle
Height492 m above sea level (NN)
Site information
Conditioncurtain walls
Site history
Built1000 to 1100 A.D.
Garrison information
Occupantsclerics, nobility

Meistersel Castle is one of the oldest castles in the Palatinate. Its name is derived from the words Meister ("master") and Saal ("hall") and hence the term Meister des Saales or master of the hall/chamberlain. It is likely that it was a seat for ministeriales of the imperial castle of Trifels. Its other name, Modeneck, comes from the name of the nearby stream.