course#3 - Restoration and building of 


 The castle is located 34 meters above the ground water level and formerly all drinking water had to be pulled from the draw-well lifting it up 34 meters! You can imagine that this was not feasible to give water to the animals. All water from the roofs was therefore carefully collected and for the humans led into a high lying closed draw-well.  For the animals the following open well was used.  All of the farm buildings around this pool have wedge roofs sloped towards the court.  The court was completely paved with a side walk along the buildings and a gentle slope towards the reservoir.  

It is interesting that this basin of a depth of 2 meters is tight while the dry dungeons having a depth of 3.50  meters are not.  It turns out that the layer of clay covering the limestone bedrock has a depth of just about 3 meters.  This natural geologic property was thus made use of to build both the reservoir basins and the dry dungeons of the castle.  The following pictures show that this early 18th century basin was in very bad shape and in particular the back wall was ready to fall down completely. The original walls are earth bound only, as lime concrete was a luxury at the time for such a utilization.  As such walls are exposed to rain, it is no surprise that most of the original reservoir walls have long since disappeared.  The present wall did only survive as it is protected by a top layer of big plates.  These plates are now missing, however, explaining why this wall was about to fall down.