Hohenberg Castle, situated adjacent to Czech Republic border, was built in the Hohenstaufen period between 1170 and 1220 to protect the important Schirndinger Pass. Around 1300 Hohenberg came to the possession of burgraves from Nuremberg. in 1433, Hans von Kotzau defended Hohenberg against the Hussites.

The present castle was built mainly (ring wall, round towers) in the period around 1480. In the years 1499 and 1504 was reported by the construction of the outer bailey. In the years 1621 and 1622 Margrave Christian had massive, provided with seven bastions earthen walls around the castle, which were additionally fortified with palisades . However, these precautions did not help much, as in June 1632 imperial troops took the pass from Schirnding, conquered the Hohenberg and occupied it for three years. After the Thirty Years War, Hohenberg Castle lost its strategic importance. 

Since 2017, Hohenberg castle has been extensively renovated and used as a youth hostel as well as for meetings.

Architecture

The castle is surrounded by the ring wall built around 1480 on an irregular hexagonal floor plan, which is additionally attached to the corner points by the gatehouse, three round gun turrets and the square prison tower. A fourth round tower was abandoned in the 19th century. From the medieval interior is nothing left. The so-called princely house was built by Margrave Christian Ernst in 1666 as a town hall and hunting lodge. Other buildings inside the castle were demolished in the 19th century. A remnant of the earthwork from the years 1621/22 has survived.

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Founded: 1170-1480
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Frank K. (7 months ago)
Beautiful castle complex in partial reconstruction. Unfortunately you can only walk around and look at it from the outside.
Timpetu (10 months ago)
Beautiful from the outside, unfortunately no access inside possible. Nicely designed market square - unfortunately not a restaurant is open.
Reggi S. (12 months ago)
Nice place right on the Czech border. The castle is currently being renovated so you couldn't go in.
Matthias Schmalfuß (2 years ago)
Actually a very nice place, but unfortunately it is closed due to construction work
Thomas Böning (2 years ago)
Unfortunately, the castle has been closed for years for renovation and conversion. Beautiful views and views from outside and around the castle
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