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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Roman Kärger (3 months ago)
the church is not open like every day. But if you get the chance to get inside, go and visit. It is a very beuatiful one.
M Alone (6 months ago)
Much better than the New Castle
Alex Lozano (8 months ago)
Very nice museum highlighting artifacts from caveman to modern times. Excellent history displays
Frederick Ajayi (9 months ago)
The museum is free entrance now in the summer of 2020. This is quite a nice gesture from the city of Stuttgart. There are quite a lot to see and will recommend at least half a day for your visit to take everything in. Really informative.
A W (9 months ago)
Super nice organized museum, entrance is for free, very friendly people. Absolute high standard representation. Easy to flow the guid direction.
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