You want to know, what you can expect here at Ranis Castle? Well, then donīt loose any time! - Click somewhere on the sketch and start your discovering-tour.   

Terrace, formed after the demolishion of the chapel. The walls of the chapel remained being at parapet wall height. The panorama page gives you an impression of the beautifull outlook.    
Enclosure in front of the sloping valey. Formed after the demolishion of the chapel this yard moves the end of the castle a bit further to the west. Below the remains of a quarry can be seen. It used to be the place, from which the parallelepipeds for the oldest components of the castle were won.    
City-wall, which can be seen on old copperplates, too.    
West wing with window frames dating back to the years before the fire of 1646.    
Northern wing with the palace and the chamber of arms. After the fire of 1646 the first floor has been demolished and the northern wing became a barn for centuries. 1970 one started with interior works for a hall, but they have never been finished. The arched celar under the north wing can be rented for meetings.    
The donjon, seemed to be a solitair in the early period of the castle. Once you are at Ranis climb the tower. The outlook is marvelous.    
South wing. Once this has been a simple solidium with a clay tile roofing. Originaly devided into tree halls with wooden beam ceilings, the interior has been changed to smaler housing units later on. In the ground floor you can find the castle restaurant "Ritterstall" (=knights stable).    
Transverse wing, partly with gothic cross vaults. As at the south wing, the attic rooms and their decorative renaissance gables date back to the 16./17. century. Above the gateway you can see the von Breitenbuch coat of arms. Also the name of the last owner and the dates of possession are given.    
Northern wing with former coat sheds (and extensions from more recent times).    
Location of torn off buildings.    
Southern terrace. Constructed with the rubble from the demolished buildings at the other side of the yard.The staircase in front of the main building has been built in the middle of the 19th century.   
Northern terrace. The outline of the terrace is being marked by the remains of the buildings which stood here in former times. Sometimes the terrace is used as open-air theatre.   
The oldest stone building of the castle with 3 livingfloors and two basements.   
Late stairwell with a gateway added in more recent times.    
Ladies heated apartement with gothic cross vaults and renaissance gables. At the second floor the kitchen of the castle is situated.   
"Hungerturm" with a 9m (=27 feet) deep dungeon.    
Gate covering. Inserted in 1542 as last part of this building. At the outside, above the passage, the von Brandenstein coat of arms can be seen.    
Inner gate, with the rabbet for the drawbridge and a slit for the chain. Bearings behind the gate to keep it closed.    
Former moat.. The firefighting pond built during the WK II. is the only section where moat has its original deph.    
Fore-castle terrain. Here was a set of farm buildings in 19 Jh. were torn off. Also a 'Rossmuehle' (= 'Pferdegoepel') and a second well could be proven.    
Bastion, on parapet wall height threadbare.    
Underpass with a pointed arch as door. The footpath leads to the market place of Ranis. It is the only connection between castle and city within the attachment systems. If you walk this way youīll pass the court stone and the cave of mystic Ilse.    
Ilse cave. Until far into the paleolithic age, therefore for a long time before castle Ranis was built, the settlement tracks go back, which one discovered with several excavations on the area of the Ilse cave which is under the castle. Also an old legend after the Druidin Ilse with its golden sheep is to have lived here.    
Outer gate with a rabbet pointing where the drawbridge had been.   
Remains of a two level weir system with embrasures.   
Remains of the outer moat. The moat had been partially filled, when the route construction took part.   
Section of the former castle barrier.    
Southern retaining wall of the castle complex.   
Northern defensive wall of the castle complex.   
Oh? - You are reading everyting? Thatīs fine. Hereīs the Copyright for this section:
Graphics - Ralf Reimann (Bautzen)
Text - Klaus Schache (Ranis) and MUSEUMSupport (Dresden/Leipzig/Stuttgart)
Implementation, layout and design - MUSEUMSupport (Dresden/Leipzig/Stuttgart)