Dilsberg Castle

Dilsberg, Germany

Dilsberg Castle is a castle on a hill above the River Neckar. The castle was built by the counts of Lauffen in the 12th century. In the 13th century it became the main castle for the counts. In the 14th century it became part of the Electorate of the Palatinate and received town rights in 1347. During the Thirty Years" War, the castle was considered impregnable until Imperial forces under Tilly took the castle in 1622 after a long siege.

In 1799, French forces tried and failed to storm the castle. A 46-metre-deep well helped keep the defenders supplied during this assault. In the 19th century the castle fell into ruin and was used as a quarry. Today the castle and its town are a tourist attraction and are administered by the Staatliche Schösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, attracting thousands of visitors.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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User Reviews

Danielle Cummings (2 years ago)
Came here today on a cool September 2022 Wednesday afternoon after confirming open hours on Google and the website, with my three kids 6,4,2 years. I had purposely planned this visit because it was an overcast rainy day, and this is one of the last remaining sightseeing destinations that didn’t have a terribly far walk(we leave for the states soon after a few months here). It was an hours’ drive for us. Now, the website does say it might close due to weather but it was mild enough where I lived and according to the weather in that area, so I doubted it would be closed. We parked in the lot on Vor den tor next to the youth hostel, and walked to the arch leading into the village surrounding the castle. There were some signs pointing us in the right direction but I did have to supplement with Google maps to avoid walking unnecessary distances with my kids (aka ticking time-bombs). After 5-10 minutes walking at my 4yo’s pace (and a few stops to look at flowers) We found the castle but didn’t find the entrance until we had walked as far as we could go, where there was a locked gate that led into a courtyard with a sign saying the kasse was in the courtyard. We circled around again but indeed all entrances were closed. the castle is ok to look at from the outside but the surrounding village is absolutely quaint and charming, with some amazing views from certain places, and so we explored a bit and had a fantastic time at the Chocolaterie a few minutes walk away and visited the two churches. I was very disappointed the castle was closed during a time it should have been open, especially in milder rainy weather, and wish their website had been updated. I definitely suggest calling first before making your way here as a result. Regardless, you MUST visit the Chocolaterie in Gasthaus der Burg - the treats were amazing and so was the owner and staff. FYI, there is still scaffolding around some parts of the castle, as mentioned in other reviews.
Josh Humphreys (2 years ago)
Not a huge castle but its cute! Especially the surrounding village. There's a fountain close by if you need to fill up your water bottle too
Martyna Banasiuk- Gawrońska (2 years ago)
Not the best season to sightseeing, very windy, gray, but the landscape pleasant and the air very fresh and clean.
Nicole Anansi (3 years ago)
Wonderful location...tiny village with amazing tiny, old houses and a wonderful atmosphere. It can get quite crowded on weekends. But the view over the Neckar valley is worth it.
Melvi Pais (5 years ago)
Amazing views! The castle looks really high to scale but it's deceptive. The steps are easy to climb and the view is totally to worth it. The curves of the necker and the view of the valley forests is really Serene. Don't miss the cakes in the chocolate shops right outside the castle.
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