Burg Lichtenstein

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Schloss Lichtenstein
Schloss Lichtenstein

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Neuschwanstein Castle may be the most famous example of German Romantic Historicism, but Burg Lichtenstein (Lichtenstein vacation rentals | Lichtenstein travel guide) represents an earlier, yet similar, passion for the splendor of the medieval past. The castle is situated on a high craggy bluff near the town of Honau in Baden-Wuerttemberg. A castle has occupied this site since 1200, but misfortune dogged its history as early as the 1300s. During this century, Burg Lichtenstein was destroyed twice. The ancestral seat of the Masters of Lichtenstein was attacked repeatedly by the citizens of the neighboring town of Reutlingen (Reutlingen vacation rentals | Reutlingen travel guide). After its second destruction in 1377, the castle was abandoned, left to fall into ruin.

In 1802, King Frederick of Wuerttemberg acquired the land and decided to build a hunting lodge at the site of the Burg Lichtenstein ruins. Frederick's nephew, Duke Wilhelm of Urach, purchased the estate from his uncle in 1837. Inspired by the novel Lichtenstein by Wilhelm Hauff, Duke Wilhelm expanded the lodge into a romantic Neo-Gothic castle in the 1840s. Carl Alexander Heideloff, an architect and master builder from Nuremberg (Nuremberg vacation rentals | Nuremberg travel guide), designed the castle to meet the duke's romantic flights of fancy.

Today, Burg Lichtenstein is still in possession of the Dukes of Urach, but it is open to the public. Besides spaces to rent for special events, such as baptisms, weddings, and receptions, basic and expanded tours of the castle are offered. Visitors to Burg Lichtenstein will also find here a ropes course (ages 8 and up), a restaurant in the scenic old forester's lodge, and a beer garden for those lovely warm German afternoons.

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