Hiltenburg Castle Ruins

Bad Ditzenbach, Germany

Hiltenburg Castle in the Upper Fils Valley stands on the strategically advantageous, 707-m-high conical mountain peak of the Schlossberg, overlooking Bad Ditzenbach. Up until the 16th century it was the seat of the Counts of Helfenstein. In 1516 it was destroyed by Duke Ulrich of Württemberg, who was passing through on his way from Blaubeuren to Stuttgart. A cannonball from the Hiltenburg happened to land in Ulrich's camp, and this caused the Duke, who was known for his extremely hot temper, to have his men burn down the castle. The extensive complex is at present undergoing renovation.

Two vaulted cellars have been excavated, and archaeological finds attest that the Hiltenburg site was already populated as far back as the Bronze Age (c. 1000 BC). From the observation platform of the Hiltenburg's tower hikers can enjoy magnificent views of the Upper Fils Valley.

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Founded: 1289
Category: Ruins in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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www.stuttgart-tourist.de

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alejandro rodriguez (3 years ago)
nice place
Mich Fournier (4 years ago)
Beautiful place to visit
Vero M (4 years ago)
Gut erreichbar. In 15 min. ist man oben... und dann auch super Belohnung
Anna Ostaptschuk (4 years ago)
Der steile Anstieg zu der Burgruine verläuft von den Feldern und Gärten, mitten durch eine schöne Waldlandschaft, mit ihren satten Grün im Sommer, der frischen Luft, begleitet von typischen Waldgeräuschen aus Rascheln, Rauschen und Vogelgesang, was bereits schon sehr wohltuend ist, am Ziel angekommen wird man in der windigen Höhe mit dem atemberaubenden Ausblick über, Felder, Wiesen, Berge und Dörfer nochmals reichlich belohnt Vor dem anstehenden Gewitter scheint der dunkel gefärbte Himmel noch näher zu sein und wirkt als Kontrast zu den hell gelben, reifenden Fäldern
Menno van den Heuvel (5 years ago)
Great view. Picnic benches and grassy area. Quite the climb though.
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