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Popular Points of Interest in and near Eichstätt
The Jura Museum situated in Eichstätt, Germany is a Natural History Museum that has an extensive exhibit of Jurassic fossils from the quarry of Solnhofen, including marine reptiles, pterosaurs, and one specimen of the early bird Archaeopteryx. The latest acquisition of the museum is the well preserved skeleton of the coelurosaur Juravenator. The museum also have an aquarium of tropical fish.
Willibaldsburg Castle and Bastion Garden
The castle complex on the Willibaldsberg was begun in 1355 and extended in the second half of the 16th century under Martin von Schaumberg. It was transformed into an impressive residence by Elias Holl during the reign of Prince-Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen (1595-1612) - at this stage of the building's history the towers were crowned by onion domes. The Bastion Garden of Willibaldsburg Castle was laid out by the Bavarian Palace Department on the basis of the
Hortus Eystettensis, a collection of copperplate engravings published by Basilius Besler (1561-1629) in 1613, and opened to the public in 1998.
Hours: April-September: 9 am-6 pm, October-March: 10 am-4 pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: Adults 4 €, Concessions 3 €.
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The university town of Eichstätt is located in the Naturpark Altmühltal and is in the heart of Bavaria. Eichstätt originally belonged to the Bavaria but over the centuries it has also belonged to Swabia and Franconia.
Things to See in Eichstätt
Altmühlbrücke mit Domfassade
Bastionsgarten an der Willibaldsburg
Many churches and other notable town fixtures
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More about the History of Eichstätt
St. Willibald founded the Bishopric of Eichstätt on the site of an old Roman station in 741. The city was chartered in 908 and ruled by a prince-bishop until secularization in 1802, and became a part of Bavaria in 1806. In 2008, the city celebrated the 1100th anniversary of its charter. Eichstätt was included as part of the Landgraviate of Leuchtenberg, which Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria granted to his son-in-law Eugène de Beauharnais in 1817 and an episcopal see was reestablished in 1821. The town reverted back to Bavaria in 1855. Eichstätt is famous for the quarries of Solnhofen Stone and Jurassic limestone. On the Blumenberg the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx was found by Jakob Niemeyer.
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Eichstätt is a city in the federal state of Bavaria, Germany, and capital of the District of Eichstätt. It is located along the Altmühl River and had a population of 13,078 in 2002. It is home to the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, the lone Catholic university in Germany.
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