Stuttgart Old Castle

Stuttgart, Germany

The Old Castle is located in the centre of Stuttgart. The first castle dated back to around 950 when Stuttgart was a settlement for breeding horses; it was built to guard the Stutengarten of the stud. In the 14th century it became the residence of the Counts of Württemberg and the court chamber (Hofkammer) of the House of Württemberg. In the 16th century dukes Christopher and Ludwig ordered it to be converted into a Renaissance palace or schloss; work which was carried out from 1553 to 1578. It was at this time (1560) that the equestrian staircase was built by Blasius Berwart. In 1562 the palace church was consecrated and the conference hall furnished. The moats around the castle were filled in during the 18th century.

In 1931, the castle was severely damaged by a fire and before it could be reconstructed it was damaged by bombing in the Second World War. The castle was finally renovated in 1969.

King Charles I of Württemberg and his wife Olga are buried beneath the castle church. The inner courtyard houses a monument to Eberhard I. The Old Castle stands adjacent to its replacement, the New Castle, which was built in the late 18th century.

Today the Old Castle is home to the Württemberg State Museum.

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Founded: c. 950 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Ottonian Dynasty (Germany)

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Sekhar Visvanathan (31 days ago)
Huge museum which gives the History of the Baden Wuttemberg region. Need to spend atleast 3 hours to just go thru the exhibits. Very imaginative displays. I wish there were a little more information cards in Engish .
barbara neumann (3 months ago)
Good views over the city / tourist attraction point
Paul Coates (4 months ago)
Very interesting museum that traces local history back to before homosapiens. I'm glad I took the time to visit.
glaserjohn antolin (4 months ago)
Nextime, i'll be glad to visit again here,when there is enough time so I'll see what's inside of this. Just had a drink at groundfloor because the guy suggested that I should go nextime and earlier, so the ticket won't be wasted.
Joanna Kowalska (7 months ago)
Very interesting and broad exhibition covering all time ranges. Highly recommended, take your time to see it all!
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