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
The town and administration of Besigheim did not come into the possession of the dukes of Württemberg until 1595; prior to this, the area had ...for nearly five centuries belonged to the margraves of Baden, who built Besigheim Castle in the first third of the 13th century. Its Schochenturm (Schoch Tower) and stone keep have survived up to the present day. Of the Untere Burg only the Waldhorn Tower is still standing.
Stark contrasts: a documentation of everyday life within the splendid ambience of the former hunting castle of the dukes of Württemberg. Living ...quarters, pictures, clothing, advertisements and lots more besides give insights into the culture, lifestyles and mentality of broad sections of the population from the 18th century up to the present day.
The high watchtower dating from the 12th century is 45 metres in height and was part of the medieval town fortifications. 118 steps lead up to ...the room at the top of the tower, which is open to the public, along with the partly-roofed walkways. Image: © Kai Koepf
The history of the Bärenschlössle (1768) is overshadowed by destruction and rebuilding. The little "Bear Palace" served Carl Eugen as a pleasure ...palace. Today the Bärenschlössle and its deer park are a popular place for outings with Stuttgart's inhabitants.
In spite of its name, the "Burg" was never the seat of a noble family. It was the citizens who, when constructing their town fortification, built ...part of the wall up the hillside – and therefore prevented a possible enemy from taking advantage of the favourable attacking position.
The Y-Burg is visible from a long way off. The district of Stetten's landmark, idyllically situated in the midst of vineyards, was erected somewhere ...between 1300 and 1310 by the seneschals of Stetten and their cousins of the von Y-Berg family.
Built in the 11th century by the Counts of Urach and expanded to a fortress in the 16th century under the Dukes of Württemberg, the castle has ...been in ruins since 1765 and has become Bad Urach's most famous landmark.
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