Wilhelmstein Fortress

Little Fortress on an artifical island

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This man-made island in the inland lake Steinhuder Meer, with fortifications dating from the 18th century, is the achievement of Count Wilhelm, a military genius - considered one of the greatest in his days.
However political developments and military technology were progressing fast. The fortress soon became a paradox, functioning as a island prison until 1870. Today, Wilhelmstein is an increasingly popular sightseeing attraction.
Traditional sailing boats are still used to ferry visitors across to the small island with its formidable past. Guests are welcomed by cannons and lookout posts. After visting the fortres,s enjoy the Inselgastronomie