The Burgruine Sichelnstein can be found at the village Sichelnstein belonging to Staufenberg, Germany. It has been built before the year 933 CE and has the shape of a horseshoe. Today it is used only for cultural events and it is closed for visitors outside of events – you can only walk around.
It is unclear when and by whom the little castle has been built. It was destroy – like many other castles – during the 30 years war. Material has been used to built houses. Concerning the name there is a legend: it is said that Otto der Quade created the castle Sichelnstein to more easily steal the grain from the region (‘Sichel‘ means sickle).
As a response Hermann der Gelehrte created the castle Sensenstein close-by – the word ‘Sense‘ means scythe and that is the bigger tool. The ruin of castle Sensenstein is today only visible on the ground, there is nothing else left.