The area around Stuttgart boasts a wealth of historic buildings for you to discover, ranging from medieval castles and baroque palaces to magnificent royal residences and long-forgotten ruins. Take a trip back in time to a world of lords and their mistresses, knights and princesses – you can almost imagine how life used to be...!
castles & palaces
Built around 1300 by the Order of Teutonic Knights, Winnental Palace was sold in 1665 to the dukes of Württemberg. Since 1834 it has been a sanitorium, ...and today it is a specialist hospital for psychiatry and neurology.
This former royal residence is located in the heart of Bad Urach's historical town centre. The castle's interior rooms, such as the Knights' ...Hall (Late Gothic), the Palm Hall with frescos documenting the noble lineage of Count Eberhard V of Württemberg, the Golden Hall (Renaissance) and the White Hall (Baroque) are of particular interest for the history of the region and its art. Image: © SSG
Liebenzell Castle was built in the early years of the 12th century by the Counts of Eberstein. One of the most important castles in the part ...of the Black Forest belonging to Württemberg, it is held to be a prime example of a curtain-wall fortress. It was first officially documented in the year 1196.
Hiltenburg Castle in the Upper Fils Valley stands on the strategically advantageous, 707-m-high conical mountain peak of the Schlossberg, overlooking ...Bad Ditzenbach. Up until the 16th century it was the seat of the Counts of Helfenstein.
The Achalm mountain (707 m) is one of Reutlingen's main landmarks, along with St. Mary's Church (Marienkirche) and the Tübinger Tor gateway. ...Of the original castle, unfortunately only a few ruined walls have survived, as well as the present observation tower, which was built around 1838 on the foundations of the former keep.
Together with the castles of Hohenstaufen and Stuifen, the Rechberg is one of the three "Kaiserberge" – the "Emperor Mountains" – in what was ...once Staufer territory. The castle ruin is considered one of the finest in Swabia.
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