Berwartstein Castle is a castle in the Wasgau, the southern part of the Palatinate Forest in the state Rhineland-Palatinate in southwestern Germany. It belongs to the category of rock castles that were part of the Palatinate defences during the Middle Ages. This castle is noted in the publication Works of Preservation of Monuments of Rheinland-Pfalz, which was assembled and edited under contract by the Ministry of Education and Culture. This publication states that the three main representatives of the so called rock castles are located at Drachenfels (English: "Dragon Rock"), Altdahn and Berwartstein where stairs, passages and rooms are carved out of the rock to form a complete living system which was essential to the defence of the castle. Although the Berwartstein appears somewhat complete when compared to the ruins of neighbouring castles, its structure is only a restoration of the original rock castle structure. It is the only castle in the Palatinate that was reconstructed after its demolition and inhabited.
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