The moated Glatt castle one of the few preserved water castles in the Germany and one of the oldest Renaissance castles in southern Germany. It was built and owned by the Neuneck family from the 13th century until 1671. The 13th century castle was converted into a Renaissance style in 1533-1540 by Reinhard von Neuneck. Today it hosts a museum center.

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Founded: 1533-1540
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Reformation & Wars of Religion (Germany)

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www.schloss-glatt.de

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