Willibaldsburg Castle

Eichstätt, Germany

The castle complex on the Willibaldsberg was begun in 1355 and extended in the second half of the 16th century under Martin von Schaumberg. It was transformed into an impressive residence by Elias Holl during the reign of Prince-Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen (1595-1612) – at this stage of the building's history the towers were crowned by onion domes.

Gemmingen also laid out the renowned botanical garden Hortus Eystettensis. Based on the copperplate engravings illustrating the plant collection which were created in 1613 by Basilius Besler, the Bastion Garden opened in 1998 reproduces the plant world of the original botanical garden.

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Founded: 1355
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Ripple Effect (21 months ago)
Best museum for anyone interested in biology, archeology or paleogeology!
Avery Ballard (2 years ago)
Well kept museum with a lot of history. Note many of the exhibits are in German only.
Wiebe Harder (2 years ago)
Nice fossils that can be found in the direct surrounding area. Also some living animals on display that are close relatives to the fossils displayed. A visit to the tower for a nice view is recommended.
Karl Themel (2 years ago)
For all geology, natural history, and palaeontology freaks.
Alber Araujo (3 years ago)
Interesting museum, small but really didactic and you can learn a lot from fossils, archeology and history from the area. Well maintained castle, far from the original, but at least have been well adapted for the current functions. From the top of the tower you can get awsome views from the town and the valley. Lamentably the secong floor exposition is only in german, and is not multilanguage tours available. The graden wasn't that well maintained.
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