Witches' Dungeon in Penzlin Castle

with the 'cucking stool' in the nave, 16th century

16th-century witches' dungeons are important architectural features with particular relevance to the aspect of heritage. Alleged witches were placed with their backs to the wall and laid in chains on the visible protrusion of the nave. The uniqueness of this structural legacy in Penzlin was once described by Otto Piper (1841-1921) in his 1895 study of castles (Burgenkunde).

The origins of Penzlin Castle date from the 13th century. The castle entered its darkest age when the tendrils of witch-hunting spread to Mecklenburg-Schwerin in the early modern period. In a contract of 1654 between Georg Heinrich von Maltzan (1624-1692) and the heirs to Moritz von Walsleben, von Maltzan explicitly reserved the right to use the bottommost pits of Penzlin Castle for witches and sorcerers.

Text: A. R.

The exhibit refers to:

Mecklenburg until 1945

Look here for the original exhibit:

Burg Penzlin. Museum für Alltagsmagie und Hexenverfolgung in Mecklenburg

Burg Penzlin. Museum für Alltagsmagie und Hexenverfolgung in Mecklenburg

17217 Penzlin

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