Niederalfingen Castle

Niederalfingen, Germany

Niederalfingen Castle, also called the Marienburg, is a spur castle on a rocky hill spur above the Kocher valley. The castle was built around 1050 as a Hohenstaufen fortification to guard the important local trade routes. After 1300, it went into the possession of the Lord of Seckendorf, in 1368 to Count Eberhard the Jarrer of Württemberg, in 1415 to the Lord of House of Hürnheim and in 1551 the now mighty castle was acquired by the Fugger family from Augsburg, by whom it was converted and expanded between 1575 and 1577.

In 1838, the castle came into the ownership of the Kingdom of Württemberg. It eventually passed to the state and, since 1966, has been used as an educational and recreational facility. From 1993 to 2000 comprehensive renovations were carried out.

The castle is used today as a youth training centre, recreational facility and rural school hall of residence (Schullandheim). The former advocate's buildings under the castle walls now house the local history museum for the parish of Hüttlingen.

The site, which developed from a zwinger castle with a gateway, has an inner bailey with connecting wings, an outer bailey and substantial enceinte walls. It also has a prominent 30-metre-high bergfried, with a copper tower, an area of 9.8 × 9.8 metres and wall thickness of 3.2 metres, which is square below and hexagonal above, furnished with embrasures. The castle chapel was dedicated to St Mary, St. Barbara and St. Catharine. The feudal castle is and example of the Romanticism of the 16th century.

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Founded: 1050
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Jacqueline Leines (3 years ago)
Website is accurate as to access.
Karl Johann Rass (3 years ago)
Friendly staff but it was 28€ a night and at this price I was still washing dishes, wiping clean the breakfast tables and taking out my bed sheets. Good for groups but the pricing is questionable.
Milo (3 years ago)
Great for a school camp. Super outdoor pool nearby.
Barbara Bumbarger (3 years ago)
Very child friendly!
Tanuj Chawla (4 years ago)
The castle can be rented for private events and acts as a youth hostel for some time of the year. Worth the visit.
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