Bornhagen

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Bornhagen
Bornhagen   is located in Germany
Bornhagen
Bornhagen
Coordinates: 51°20′37″N 9°56′38″E / 51.34361°N 9.94389°E / 51.34361; 9.94389Coordinates: 51°20′37″N 9°56′38″E / 51.34361°N 9.94389°E / 51.34361; 9.94389
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Eichsfeld
Municipal assoc. Hanstein-Rusteberg
Government
 • Mayor Mario-Paul Apel
Area
 • Total 6.59 km2 (2.54 sq mi)
Elevation 300 m (1,000 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 273
 • Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 37318
Dialling codes 036081
Vehicle registration EIC
Website www.vg-hanstein-rusteberg.de

Bornhagen is a municipality in the district of Eichsfeld in Thuringia, Germany, located at the foot of the ruins of Hanstein Castle. The town district Rimbach is positioned directly south of the castle citadel at an elevation of 370 m.

Hanstein Castle was mentioned for the first time in official documents in the 9th century in Corvey Monastery, and is considered one of the largest castle ruins in central Germany. In the Middle Ages, the castle served as a prison. During the Thirty Years' War, it was partly destroyed by Swedish troops, after which it was no longer inhabited on a regular basis. Reconstruction work was begun on the castle in 1985 with the support of the local heritage society. The three-wing altar from the former castle chapel can be viewed in the Catholic Church in Rimbach.

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