A Tale of Two Piles on a Day Hike to a Moated Castle

"Haus Rueschhaus in Muensterland hiking trail"

Day hiking in Germany

 

Hiking between Two Moated Castles Is there a prettier sight than a moated castle, a stately home entirely surrounded by a body of water?

Probably not – but there are nevertheless good reasons why our forefathers did not build more of them. Moated castles were only ever constructed in areas that met three conditions.:

First, the land had to be flat. If you are a medieval squire who can protect a house in any other way, digging a trench all around it and filling it with water would not be number one on your list of preferences. Second, the land had to be humid. The water to fill that moat most come from somewhere. Remember: we are talking about the Middle Ages here. They could not just open a tap and fill their moat much in the same way

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