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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Jyri Suokas (22 months ago)
Bit of a climb, but easy accessable and interesting place. Nice views.
Vincent Smith (2 years ago)
A nice spot for a hike. Once there, the ruins offer a great place for a view and to have rest. They are exceptional in the fact that most of the rooms and stairs are open to the public (at your own risk), which allows for a little fun and exploration. There are no facilities here. Glad we made the trip.
Patrice pkh (2 years ago)
Great castle ruins! There are several short tunnels to pass through and sets of stairs for the more adventurous. A dining area, kitchen and a well are still visible. It is a steep climb up but we'll worth it.
Artis Mundurs (2 years ago)
Really nice view from top of the castle ruins, the path is well maintained, plus you can buy strawberries and other berries at the start.
geo wizard (2 years ago)
Beautiful ruins, located a short walk through the forest from the parking space. Kids love to run around here. A perfect place for a picnic!
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