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Picturesque castles and palaces.

The Neckar valley has one of the highest concentrations of castles and palaces in Baden-Württemberg. A lot of them are currently open to the public. Royal dynasties, dukes and earls have their origins in this region. Very well known are the palaces in Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart and Heidelberg.

The nobles, knights, counts, dukes and kings needed a certain atmosphere and framework. The many castles and palaces in the Neckar region are the result. A variety of them has been carefully restored and they are open for interested visitors throughout the year. Experience a taste of history, take a stroll through extensive parks with water games and have an insight into the history of Baden-Württemberg.

Experience a taste of history!

Weitenburg Palace
Weitenburg Palace
Castle Neckarsteinach
Castle Neckarsteinach
Ludwigsburg Palace
Ludwigsburg Palace
Old Palace Stuttgart
Old Palace Stuttgart
Castle Lauffen
Castle Lauffen
Solitude Palace
Solitude Palace
Castle Hirschhorn
Castle Hirschhorn
Heidelberg Palace
Heidelberg Palace
Zwingenberg Palace
Zwingenberg Palace

In some of the castles you'lll see eagles, vultures and owls in free flight high above the beautiful Neckar valley. Wellknown is the German Raptor Research Centre at castle Guttenberg. Great fun for the whole family are also the knights games or medieval performances in the castles. Enjoy a medieval banquet, show fights with swords or the former camp life - you will forget about everyday life.
Some castles and ruins in Baden-Württemberg are now popular excursion and hiking destinations. Explore the centuries by feet. All hiking trails to the historic buildings are well signposted. Along the river Neckar you can enter the fantastic world of knights, counts and kings.

But you will also find ecclesiatical treasures in the Neckar region and Baden-Württemberg. The number of religious buildings is enormous. Impressive monasteries are located in Tübingen-Bebenhausen, Calw-Hirsau and Maulbronn.

Worth to see:

Bebenhausen Monastery In the middle of Schönbuch, only a few kilometres from the river Neckar, lies the former Cistercian Monastery of Bebenhausen. The monastery was probably founded in the 12th century by Palgrave Rudolph von Tübingen. Today the monastery and palace are one of Tübingen's main sights.

Dilsberg Fortress High above the Neckar River valley, close to the former imperial city of Neckargemünd you'll find the Dilsberg Fortress Ruins. The former castle is well-known for its panoramic view over the Neckar valley and the Odenwald forest. Dilsberg Fortress was built by the counts of Lauffen and was regarded as unconquerable for many centuries.

Esslingen Castle The Esslinger Burg was a part of the former city walls and never the seat of a noble family. The mighty big tower is called "Dicker Turm" and is a landmark of Esslingen. From the castle you have a great view over the old town.

Guttenberg Castle Guttenberg castle is one of the intact medieval castle complexes from the Stauffer period. The castle lies high above the romantic Neckar River close to the village Haßmersheim. The castle belongs to the the barons of Gemmimgen-Guttenberg since 1449. The castle can be easily reached by car. Guides tours are possible.

Heidelberg Castle The Heidelberg Castle is one of Baden-Württembergs most important cultural monuments. The ruins of Heidelberg Castle are nestled on the Königstuhl, 300 feet above the city. Each year around one million people are visting this romantic monument.

Hirschhorn Castle High above the Neckar, the medieval Hirschhorn Castle occupies a mountain ridge above the town. The castle is fortified by walls and the building began around 1250. Today the castle complex accommodates a hotel and a restaurant.

Hohenneuffen Fortress The Hohenneuffen Fortress Ruins is one of the most popular destinations for excursions in Württemberg. This fortress lies on a massif on the edge of the Swabian Alb.The castle was built between 1100 and 1120 and was never conquered. The access to Hohenneuffen Castle is free for the public. The castle is situated only 15 kilometers away from the river Neckar, above the town of Neuffen in the district of Esslingen.

Hornberg Castle Hornberg Castle is located above the village of Neckarzimmern at the Neckar valley. Götz von Berlichingen bought the castle in the year 1517 and lived here until 1562. Since 1612 the castle is owned by the Gemmingen-Hornberg family.

Horneck Palace Horneck palace is surrounded by vineyards and dates back in the 13th century. The palace was built by the Teutonic Order. In the 15th century Horneck became the residence of the Grandmaster. The castle is located in the town of Gundelsheim overlooking the Neckar River.

Ludwigsburg Palace The Residential Palace Ludwigsburg is one of the greatest German baroque palaces. It has 452 rooms spread over 28 buildings and served as a residence for the Dukes and Kings of Württemberg. Well-known is the "Blossoming Baroque", the former palace garden.

Mannheim Palace Mannheim Palace was built beginning in 1720 under Elector Carl Philipp. The cityscape of Mannheim is significantly characterised by the castle. This was once the political, administrative and cultural centre of the Palatinate capital and royal residential city. Especially under the reign of Elector Carl Theodor, the Mannheim Palace drew numerous personalities from the political and cultural realms.

Maulbronn Monastery The Maulbronn Monastery is the best preserved Cistercian monastery north of the Alps. Since 1993 the monastery is part of the Unesco World Heritage. The monastery was founded in 1147 and inthe Middle Ages it was an important political and social center.

Neckarsteinach Castles The town of Neckarsteinach lies 15 km east of Heidelberg. The town is well-known for its four castles, which stand on crags or the slope leading down to the Neckar. All castles were built between the 12th and 13th century. They are called Further Castle, Middle Castle, Hinder Castle and Swallows’ Nest.

Stuttgart's Castles Stuttgart has a lot of historic buildings, medieval castles and magnificent royal residences. Main sights are the Old Palace and the New Palace in the city centre. Today the Old Palace is home to the state museum and the New Palace is used by the state government of Baden-Württemberg. Another famous palace is Palace Solitude, which was completed in 1769 and is situated in close proximity to Stuttgart Schillerhöhe.

Tübingen Castle In the 11th century the castle of Tübingen was mentioned for the first time. Today Schloß Hohentübingen, is a part of the University of Tübingen and hosts numerous institutes and collections of the university. Main sight is the Renaissance portal built around 1606. From the castle you have a great overview to the city, as well as to the Neckar and Ammer.

Wäscherschloss Castle Wäscherschloss Castle lies in a picturesque location in a wooded mountain range called Schurwald. The castle is located 30 kilometers from the Neckar in sight of Hohenstaufen Castle. The castle was called the "Weschenburg" in 1330 and is still impressive today. A permanent exhibition informs visitors on the mighty Staufers.

Zwingenberg Castle The romantic castle of Zwingenberg lies above the river Neckar between Neckargerach and Eberbach. It's one of the most impressive fortresses on the Neckar.The castle is privatly owned by Ludwig Prince of Baden and his family. Guided tours are available. A cultural highlight is an open-air opera festiva, whichl takes place in the castle courtyard every year during the summer.