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Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle is perched on a cliff overlooking town of Honau in the Swabian Alps region of Germany, near Stuttgart.




Location: Honau, Swabian Alps  Map

Constructed: 1840- 42

Open: 9am- 5:30 pm Apr- Oct

10am- 4pm Sat- Sun, public holidays Nov, Feb, March

Closed: December, January

Tel. +49 (0) 71 29 41 02

Price: 5 Euro

Official site




Description of Lichtenstein Castle


Although the first military fortifications of Lichtenstein Castle were constructed here in the 13th century the current structure was constructed in 1840- 42 under supervision of architect Carl Alexander Heideloff. Romanticism of the 19th century inspired the construction of this pseudo- medieval citadel. In fact locally it is known as a "Neuschwanstein’s Little Brother" after famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.


The first Lichtenstein Castle was destroyed during Reichskriegs War of 1311 and second Burg Lichtenstein was razed by the city state of Reutlingen in 1381. Last duke of the Lichtstein family fell in a battle against the Turkish armies in 1687. Eventually Lichtenstein Castle was abandoned and left in ruins. Overtime only few remains reminded of its previous glory. In 1802 a hunting lodge was erected by King Frederick I of Württemberg. In 1840- 42 his nephew Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg, constructed Schloss Lichtenstein that became known locally as "Württemberg´s fairytale castle". Presumably the name and the idea for creation of this neo- Gothic structure was inspired by novel "Lichtenstein" by Wilhelm Hauff who wrote it in 1826. Today Lichtenstein Castle is still in the possession of the Dukes of Urach, but it is open to the public. The citadel houses a museum with a large collection of medieval weapons, knights' armor and firearms from different periods.