Ortenburg Castle

Ortenburg, Germany

The first hill fort overlooking the valley of Wolfach was built by Count Rapoto I von Ortenburg around 1120. Due to the power of Ortenburg house there were many conflicts with neihgbor states in the late 12th century and early 13th century. The castle was destroyed in one of these wars in 1192 and subsequently rebuilt. The medieval castle was sacked and almost completely destroyed in Landshut War of Succession in 1504.

The current Ortenburg castle was built in its current form as a renaissance castle in 1562. The interior furnishing of the halls had been first completed in 1800. Therefore, the castle holds interior decoration and art dating back over the course of two centuries. The precious coffered ceiling of the castle chapel is particularly worth noting. The ceiling, which had been made with five different types of wood, is among the most significant renaissance wood ceilings in Germany. Further art treasures included the knights’ hall and the renaissance inner courtyard. Today, the castle is home to the Ortenburg Castle Museum.

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Founded: 1562
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Reformation & Wars of Religion (Germany)

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Juergen Knecht (3 months ago)
A beautiful castle with a wildlife park. Very nice wooden ceiling and great for hiking
Ingrid Becker (6 months ago)
We liked it very much! Small but nice - a bit old, but all the more authentic.
B. Etterer (6 months ago)
Small but beautiful castle. There is a lot to discover and it was worth the visit.
Rudolf Langenbach (7 months ago)
Alles nett und gut.... Sehr freundlich und zuvorkommend....
JT Lamb (7 months ago)
Sad to discover this piece of german history is now sold to someone from Abu Dhabi. It was a nice place to a family visit.
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