Originally built in the 13th century for the von Trugenhofen family, the Taxis castle was later owned by the Öttingern, the Helfenstein and the Katzenstein families. In 1734 it was inherited by the princely house of Thurn and Taxis. The family expanded the Burg (a medieval fortification) into a Schloss (a ornate and comfortable building). In addition to expanding the original buildings, English gardens and terraces were added.

Today the castle is owned by the princely house of Thurn und Taxis and is not open for visitors.

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Founded: 18th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Thirty Years War & Rise of Prussia (Germany)

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Brizzco 313 (20 months ago)
Finde es schade das es nicht für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich ist
Rai Lan (2 years ago)
Viel gibt es hier nicht zu sehen. Es ist nur von außen zu bestaunen.
Renate Just (2 years ago)
Wunderschöne Schloss, leider nicht für Öffentlichkeit zugänglich. Aber kann man sich von außen anschauen. Dazugehörige "englischer Wald" soll ein schönes Spazierweg sein. Vielleicht sollte man sich Zeit nehmen und ausprobieren.
Anna Maria Kreiseder (2 years ago)
Sehr schönes Schloß, beeindrűckende Räume und gutes Personal bei der Führung. Empfehlenswert
Jenny Potasznik (2 years ago)
As far as I know, this castle is private property, so make sure to be respectful of the owners when coming here to take pictures or enjoy the sights. 3 stars because it would be wonderful if opened to the public.
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