Weinsberg Castle Ruins

Weinsberg, Germany

Weinsberg castle was established on a mountain at the trade route running from Heilbronn to Schwäbisch Hall around the year 1000. In 1140 the castle was besieged by Konrad III in the course of the struggles between the Staufers and the Welfs. Finally it had to surrender on December 21, 1140, since the army of Welf VI to release the castle had been defeated by the Staufers in a battle. According to the report of the Chronica regia Coloniensis, the women of the castle were granted free departure and allowed to take what they could carry on their backs. They carried down their men, and so saved their lives, since the king adhered to his word. The women became known as treue Weiber ('loyal women'). The castle (today's ruin) is called Weibertreu due to this occurrence.

On April 16, 1525 (Easter Sunday), during the German Peasants' War, the peasants attacked and destroyed the castle, which was already damaged from an earlier attack in 1504. They then proceeded to execute the nobleman who had been in command of both town and castle and who had treated the peasants very badly several times before.



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Founded: c. 1000
Category: Ruins in Germany
Historical period: Ottonian Dynasty (Germany)


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Dawid Szadurski (2 months ago)
Beautyfull place! Very inspiring and peacefull! Just take a few minutes to relax there :)
Alf Hofstetter (4 months ago)
The legend of the 'Weiber von Weinsberg' (woman from Weisberg): It was during the middle age time the 'Stauffers' in war with the Bavarian 'Welfen' and in 1140 the Weinsberg castle was besieged by the Stauffer king Konrad III. It surrendered on December 21, 1140, since the army of Welf VI was defeated in an open field battle. The next day the castle was planned to be raided. After some debate the King granted the women of the castle free departure, allowed them to wear their shoes and take with them whatever they could carry on their backs. The next day the women left everything behind but carried down their men on their backs!! The king's adviser protested but he adhered to his word. A Kings word has to be granted and he admired the 'smartness' of the people. The women became known as treue Weiber ("loyal women"). The castle (today's ruin) is called Weibertreu due to this occurrence.
Steffen Hahn (14 months ago)
Good for a brief halt. Nice small town with a history nearly 2000 years old, dating back to the Romans. Home of a unique legend. Close to the townhall is a fine café. Have a look!
Antoni Sarnowski (Shogunovyz) (2 years ago)
Amazing place! The views are breathtaking and the castle is picturesque. Definitely worth visiting!
James Kennedy (2 years ago)
Very cool place to visit, you get an perfect view of the city from the top, pretty easy climb, worth the money to walk around and check out the history on top.
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