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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Cédric Chastagner (19 months ago)
Beautiful! A must see in Stuttgart!
Екатерина Ермишина (20 months ago)
The building itself is amazing and there is also an interesting collection related to the history of the region that is free to visit.
Björn Andersson (20 months ago)
This is one of the places I pass so often during the week. For ones we walked in and noticed the great kids floor in the exhibition. Definitely worth a visit.
santo santonocito (2 years ago)
It's anche ancient castle in the historical centre of Stuttgart. Inside It hosts a museum, where It is possible to observe different objects coming from different years. There is also the possibility to leave a backpack in a safety box inside the museum completely free
Benjamin de la Garza (2 years ago)
This castle is great to visit. The museum has so much to offer relating to the history of the region. I could go back a few more times and continue learning.
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