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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Alex Huang (19 months ago)
This may not be the castle we'd stereotype with, but it is undoubtedly one of the cutest and most photogenic. The breathtakingly beautiful estate stands tall on the rocky cliff overlooking the lively valley and hills. It's just dream for heritage lovers like myself.
Rodney Nelson (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle and we had the place to ourselves as many bypass his castle. Go.. it is beautiful and offers amazing views of the surrounding area. There is also a great kids playground.
Sean Sinowski (2 years ago)
Small castle. Not much to see. When you get to the nearest station, there are no was not so easy to get there by public transport. There were only few people at the castle. Not like Neuswanstein. But for me it was nice experience. I hiked up to the castle from the bus stop and the view from the court yard was nice.
Leo Tan (2 years ago)
Most beautiful castle in Germany we had visited. It’s located high up in the hills with a great view. We drove there and parked outside the castle. There’s a free parking and paid parking (outside the restaurant). The outside of the castle had many great photo opportunities. There was a small entrance fee of €2 to go into the castle. It’s totally worth it as you get an even better view of the castle and the valleys below.
Samuel Fujak (2 years ago)
We were impressed how beautiful it is. Really nice castle, lot of views, lot of hiking possibilities, good parking opportunities and restaurant. You have to see it :)
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