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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Scott Winters (2 years ago)
A fantastic museum with many fossils you won’t see anywhere else, especially the Eichstatt Archeaopteryx specimen! An absolute must for anyone interested in paleontology!
Christian Jose Alfaro Rojas (3 years ago)
Nice place a lot of information, no shop, cheap entrance
P Knut (3 years ago)
A great natural history museum in the Altmuthal! Wonderful fossils! Great for kids! My favorite is the horseshoe crab fossil that also contains the animal's final footprints. There is a great view of the area from up there. Not a large museum, can get through pretty quick, but it is a good walk from the parking areas.
Fernando AC (4 years ago)
Not really interesting.
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