Hohennagold Castle Ruins

Nagold, Germany

Hohennagold Castle is a ruined castle overlooking the Black Forest town of Nagold. The ruins represent a relatively well-preserved 12th-century castle. The keep behind the curtain walls, a tower in the north-western corner of the complex as well as the outer ward with half-round and angular towers, are still visible. Around the castle there appears to have been a moat.

An early medieval fortification was possibly erected at the location of the future castle around 750 by Count Ruodbrecht, one of Charlemagne"s uncles. The original castle was built around 1100 by the Counts of Nagold, who became the Counts palatine of Tübingen in 1145. The castle complex was extensively expanded between 1153 and 1162.

In the middle of the 13th century the castle passed into the possession of the Counts of Hohenberg. Thereafter, one branch of this family called itself Counts of Nagold and had the castle transformed into their residence in the 13th and 14th century. In 1364 the sold the castle to the Counts of Württemberg. The new owners added bastions and towers to the outer ward and had the castle occupied by their ministeriales. Towards the end of the Thirty Years" War, the castle was conquered by Bavarian troops in 1645 and severely damaged. In 1646 the remnants of the castle were pulled down.

In 1945 the northwest tower was destroyed by a low-level attack carried out by Allied planes. The castle remains were tentatively restored after World War II, trying to preserve the castle as a ruin.



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Founded: c. 1100
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Jeff Schmidt (7 months ago)
We drove out of Stuttgart looking for a castle or two to view on a short December day. We found the ruins of Burg Hohennagold perched above the town of Nagold. It was somewhat of a pain to reach, at least for me. I must have missed a sign or something and went around the town twice. But we finally arrived and walked up to see it in the waning light. The castle was started around the year 1100 and passed through several owners until being destroyed (uninhabitable) towards the end of the Thirty Years War. It is still a nice walk and the views are great from the restored tower. Like many places in Germany it suffered during WWII and maybe one day it will be completely restored.
Dennis Riungu (3 years ago)
Very serene and beautiful park. The hill is also great for a jog or run. The castle top gives great views of Nagold town. You can bring your kids and they can have fun too. The climb is not difficult. Signs and directions are all over the hill so you will not be lost unless you really try ?
Leo Kharanen (3 years ago)
Amazing place for hiking. The view is great and the feeling of the history is in every direction. Recommend to visit
Glenn Carr (3 years ago)
Nice hike up with clearly marked trails. Great view
Josh Aycock (3 years ago)
Good ruins. Easy to get to.
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