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: Miscellaneous historic sites in Germany
Historical period: Ottonian Dynasty (Germany)


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Jonathan Lim (2 years ago)
The Weibertreu castle ruins are the ruins of a hilltop castle in the town of Weinsberg in the Heilbronn district in Baden-Württemberg, probably built in the early 11th century . The castle is known for the eponymous "Treu-Weiber-incident" on December 21, 1140, when, after the surrender of the besieged castle, the women (later called "Treue Weiber von Weinsberg") saved their men from execution by rescuing them carried down the mountain on their backs. It is a fabulous place for a walk and the slopes are populated with vines that belong to the Staatsweingut (I wrote a review on that as well, they have absolutely fantastic wines and top notch service). On a clear day you can see far into Heilbronn and also Neckarwestheim. I would come here again in a heartbeat.
Moritz Waldmann (3 years ago)
Very nice place for a walk, fresh air, wonderful view.
Zoltán Hadházi (3 years ago)
It looks amazing with the surrounding grapeyards :)
Dawid Szadurski (3 years ago)
Beautyfull place! Very inspiring and peacefull! Just take a few minutes to relax there :)
Alf Hofstetter (3 years 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.
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