¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 A legend says the original castle was built by Clodovigo, King of the Franks. During the war against the Allemanni, his camp was at the foot of the Altkönig ( a mountain nearby) He was once hunting and reached a hill commanding a superb view. He was still a heathen, notwithstanding he drew, in a profound revery, three crosses with his spear on the ground. Suddenly he saw a glittering cross in the clouds and heard a voice crying “the cross gives the victory” Soon after, the battle took place near Zülpich and was nearly lost to him. In this moment he remembered the above words and swore he would turn Christian in he case he should beat the Allemanni. He won the battle and built the castle Konigstein upon that hill.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 It was rebuilt in the time of Charlemagne and has changed hands many times since and suffered from repeated struggles. In 1796 it was occupied by the French, who, upon being driven out by the Prussians, attempted its destruction by power. A premature explosion killed 29 soldiers. The powder did not succeed upon the massive Tower, but afterwards the lightning cleaned out all the stairways within- which have been replaced with light wooden ones-