Hohenurach Castle Ruins

Bad Urach, Germany

The first documented record of Hohenurach Castle dates from 1235, but it was probably built in the 11th century by the Counts of Urach. Count Ludwig I of Württemberg updated the castle in 1427, building a new castle on the existing foundations. Following heavy damage in 1547 during the Schmalkaldic War, Duke Christoph of Württemberg had the castle rebuilt in 1551. From the 16th century onwards, the castle complex also served as a state jail, whose inmates included the Tübingen Professor Nicodemus Frischlin (1547-1590).

As a military facility Hohenurach Fortress also posed a constant threat to the citizens of the nearby town. It wasn't until 1765, however, that Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg decided to move his soldiers to the town and had Hohenurach Fortress torn down. All that remains of the castle site is a towering ruin – one of the biggest, mightiest and most important ruins in southern Germany.

The castle ruins are free to explore, but can only be accessed on foot.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Ruins in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Ishai Rosenbaum (12 months ago)
If you are in the area, it's worth a visit!
Niklas Klosa (13 months ago)
Nice Castle
Luke Johnston (14 months ago)
Really beautiful ruins. The hike is not too difficult but it is a constant slope, so be prepared for that. Definitely worth it!
Carmen Alexander (17 months ago)
The walk up to the ruins and also to the waterfall are a must. Beautiful place.
Kllaus Klaus (17 months ago)
It's a very beautiful place, you need to climb up a bit, but worth it, the panorama is great
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