Lichtenstein Castle

Honau, Germany

Lichtenstein Castle is a Gothic Revival castle built in the 1840s. Historically, there has been a castle on the site located at the Albtrauf, above the source of the river Echaz since around 1200. It was twice destroyed, once in the Reichskrieg"s War of 1311 and again by the city-state of Reutlingen in 1377. The castle was not reconstructed and subsequently fell to ruin. It is today known as Burg Alt-Lichtenstein.

A new castle was built c. 1390 around 500 m away from the ruin, in the location where today"s structure stands. After 1567 it lost its role as a lordly seat and fell into disrepair.

In 1802, the land came into the hands of King Frederick I of Württemberg, who dismantled the ruins of the castle and built a hunting lodge there. In 1837, the land was bought from King Wilhelm I of Württemberg by his cousin Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg, who, inspired by Wilhelm Hauff"s novel Lichtenstein, added the current castle in 1840–42. The romantic Gothic Revival design of the castle was created by the architect Carl Alexander Heideloff. In 1842, the castle was inaugurated in the presence of the king.

Today, the castle is still owned by the Dukes of Urach, but is open to visitors. The castle contains a large collection of historic weapons and armour.

The romantic design of the castle inspired several other buildings. The design of the castle at Lietzow was based on Lichtenstein. Likewise, the house known as 'Leckzapfen' in Osthofen took its cue from Lichtenfels. A Cape Town businessman, Reynier Fritz, who was well known in advertising circles, first saw the 19th-century Schloss Lichtenstein in the land of his ancestors, and decided to one day replicate it in Hout Bay. He was able to start building in 1986 and 12 years later it was completed. He eventually turned it into a guest house before he died there. Sometime after his death, his widow, Christine, sold it to an overseas buyer.



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Founded: 1200/1840
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Ilsa Jakob (10 months ago)
Really beautiful mini fairytale castle. Well worth a visit and only 12 euro for entry with a guided tour. Only 4 euro with no tour, but then you can't go inside the castle. Tour is conducted in german, but you are given a little guide book in your chosen language. Tour lasts around 25mins. No need to pre book, we arrived at 12 and got the 12:40 tour, which gave time to take some pictures and enjoy the wonderful location. The views from the courtyard are breathtaking. Great photo opportunities.
Joy BCN (10 months ago)
Great experience, lovely castel and admission is very affordable. 4 euros adults and 2 children just for the courtyard, and the guided tour is 12 euros for adults. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard and the guided tour if you can hold them in your arms for about 30 min.
Jaren Rogers (10 months ago)
Beautiful castle to walk around and view the amazing views. Not the largest castle and we weren't able to go inside but very picturesque nonetheless.
Fabiola Falsetti (10 months ago)
Beautiful view, as shown in the pictures. The castle is fairly small, it turns out it can't be visited in its entirety, except on Fridays. However, on the brochure they provide when you purchase the ticket, it says that tower & second floor are not open to public because they're not secure. Anyway, I would have loved to visit the whole thing but it was a Tuesday so I had to settle for great view, great pictures, fresh hair.
Adrien Pierret (12 months ago)
Beautiful castle and scenery. Perfect for a nice picture of the valley and a bit of relaxation in the surrounding park. Not much to see but worth going for the view alone.
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