Project Details

Code: IBG 04
Start date: 27 may 2019
End date: 06 jun 2019
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Category: SOCIAL
Country: Germany
State: Grimburg
Airport: Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN), Luxembourg (LUX), Frankfurt (FRA)
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 30


For the 7th 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, the castle is still maintained by an association run by local volunteers. It has become a popular destination
for hikers, as well as a site used for weddings, youth activities, historic markets and knights’ festivals. During the workcamp the local association will organise a small festival on the castle on May30th where they also need your help.

Work And Activities

Come to Grimburg Castle, enjoy living on the castle and support the maintenance of the castles’ grounds! There will be two parts of work: 1. Maintenance of the castle’s grounds: Usually local volunteers care for the maintenance of the castle but due to the enormous workload, they really need your help. You will do various works: cut bushes and grass, protect the masonry, maintain the historic mediaeval herb garden and do some cleaning work in the castle’s and witches museum. The work will depend on the weather conditions.

2. Support the castle’s festival on May 30th: You will be involved in the local team of volunteers, help with the setting up, sell food and drinks and wash up dishes. Of course you will also celebrate together with the local volunteers. A second huge topic is your support in the preparation and organisation of the castles’ festival. You will become a part of the local festival team and of course celebrate together with them.

Accommodation And Food

Your 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. At night you will have the castle for your own; you can make a campfire and enjoy living in the nature. The conditions are basic; you will use the first floor for sleeping (bunk beds) and the ground floor for cooking and eating. There is electricity but no running water in the tower itself. Toilets and a shower are within 50m. Of course, there is also no internet available. Please bring a sleeping bag and a flashlight.


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 make 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.


This project is only for volunteers who like simple life and enjoy nature!




NEXT TRAIN STATION: Trier or Tuerkismuehle

MEETING POINT: Hermeskeil bus stop, May27th in the late afternoon