PARTNER: For the fifth year, a workcamp will take place at the castle Grimburg. Built by the Trier archbishops around 1190, the castle has been destroyed and reconstructed several times. Awakened from its centuries-long sleep in 1978, a local group of volunteers started to reconstruct the castle again, including work on the very impressive castle keep. However, most parts are still a ruin and in the past years, efforts have been made to increase the castle’s accessibility and attractiveness of this unique site. Today, it has become a popular destination for hikers, as well as a site used for weddings, youth activities, historic markets and knights’ festivals. There will be a small castle’s festival on May 25th, where you are invited to join and support the local team.
WORK: The tasks will be to support the maintenance of the castle and do various works on the castles’ ground: cut bushes and grass, protect the masonry, maintain the historic mediaeval herb garden and to do some cleaning work in the castle’s and witches museum. The work will depend on the weather conditions. Please be aware that the work can be challenging at times and that you will work outside even in bad weather conditions! During the castle’s festival you will support the local team.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: The group will stay in one of the small towers of the castle – you will feel a bit like you are living as former inhabitants of the castle did. The conditions are very basic; you will use the first floor for sleeping and the ground floor for cooking and eating. There is electricity but no heating (but a campfire right in front of the tower). Toilets and a shower are within 100m. Of course, there is also no internet available. Please bring a sleeping bag and a flashlight.
LOCATION & LEISURE ACTIVITY:The castle Grimburg is overlooking the forests and valleys of the region called “Hochwald” (“high forest”). The castle is quite isolated; the next village (the name is also Grimburg) is in a 2km distance, the next shops are in Hermeskeil (10km). The castle is surrounded by nature and you will have the chance to enjoy it (just go for a walk…). Nevertheless you will also meet local people and share time with them or take an excursion to Trier, the oldest German city with 100,000 inhabitants. Here you can find many historical sights (from the Roman period), many clubs and events (as it is a university town) and all other facilities.
REQUIREMENTS: This project is only for volunteers who like simple life and enjoy the nature!