Weinheim Castle

Weinheim, Germany

Weinheim Castle (Weinheimer Schloss) was built in the early 1400s by Rupert of the Palatinate. Louis III, also Elector Palatine, finished it to the current appearance in 1537. The castle tower were restored to the neo-Gothic style in 1868 by Baron Christian Friedrich Gustav von Berckheim.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Rodney Motta - REALTOR (2 years ago)
Beautiful views of the surrounding area, beer garden inside the ruins is pretty neat.
Danielle Cummings (2 years ago)
I have been here with my three kids ages 6, 4, and 2 years two times. The first time, we had come for Der Gruffalo path, not realizing the path led up to this castle. Unfortunately, the entire castle complex was closed at the time, and so we could only appreciate the high walls, imposing tower, and great view. Today, we stopped on our way to Kaiserslautern from Heilgenberg after I looked to make sure they were open (their website is very up to date to the weekend, so I definitely recommend checking before making a trip here). We parked in the lot directly behind the castle and walked up to the large wooden door leading into the courtyard. Admission was free, which I wasn't expecting (usually limited hours goes hand in hand with paid admission). The restaurant was immediately on our left and a kiosk straight ahead, though it was closed. I poked my head in the restaurant and asked if we could buy ice cream, and a friendly English speaking man came out to the kiosk to sell some to us. We paid in cash, as I doubt they accept cards. It looked like they didn't have much more than ice cream and beverages. There were several tables available to sit at, all with a great view of the town below. There were also toilets downstairs at the back of the castle, which we didn't use but was happy to see just in case. From there we explored the rest of the castle, which included a large tower, also with great views (but a nerve wracking exterior staircase and no railing or lighting in the interior staircase), but entry into it asks the visitor for some coins, for both adults and children, though I forget the exact amount but it wasn’t much at all. There wasn't really much else to explore, and as they were setting up for a wedding, it seemed a little cluttered, but still a worthwhile stop since we were already in the area. We then went on to check out Wachenburg, which had even less to explore but again worth the stop while in the area. Overall, a great stop to enjoy a refreshment with great views for minimal cost, but make sure you confirm open hours on their website before coming!
Joseph Buckles (4 years ago)
They are being very careful right now about COVID. I saw them sanitizing the hand rails. This is good. Everything here was perfect. Good service. Good food. And excellent views. But the tower is closed.
Julian Lima (4 years ago)
Beautiful place with an amazing view. Good selection of beers for those who want to rest a bit from the long walk up.
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