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
Kaltenstein Castle – probably originally a fortress with a curtain wall and mighty walls of ashlar stonework that have survived up to the present ...day – was first documented as far back as 1096 as "castrum vehingen". First owned by the counts of Vaihingen, it was acquired in 1339 by the counts of Württemberg, who appointed a High Steward to live there.
Kalteneck Castle is owned by the town of Holzgerlingen. The castle is surrounded by a moat and was built between 1002 and 1029. Acquired by the ...town of Holzgerlingen in 1988, it was converted and renovated in 1990/91 and has since been an event centre for cabaret and exhibitions.
In Merklingen, a district of Weil der Stadt, visitors will find a fortress with a difference: a fortified church. The so-called moat wall surrounding ...the church was completely rebuilt in 1983. In addition, there's a well-preserved gate tower, two wall turrets, the Stone House, which underwent thorough renovation in 1997, and a donjon-like church tower.
The graceful Baroque palace with its grand staircase and precious stucco ceilings was built in 1756 as the summer residence of Count Friedrich ...von Stadion, chancellor of the Electorate of Mainz. Today, Bönnigheim Palace is home to the Charlotte Zander Museum. Charlotte Zander's private art collection is the largest of its kind in the world.
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