The Lichtenstein Castle
A medieval knight’s fairytale castle
Lichtenstein Castle is a historical castle built in the 19th century. It is located at the edge of the Swabian Alps, 817 metres above sea level. The romantic, new gothic castle was inspired by the novel 'Lichtenstein' by Wilhelm Hauff. It was built between 1840 and 1842 by Duke Wilhelm from Urach, the Count of Württemberg, with the assistance of architect Heidelhoff. Duke Wilhelm erected a castle wall, a courtyard and fortified towers on top of a stone dating back to the Jurassic period. The site around the neo-Gothic castle is composed of other buildings from the 19th century; a chapel, an ample garden and the romantic courtyard. In the bedchambers of the count the opulent grandeur of late romanticism’s domestic culture appears at its best. The castle looks over the Echaz Valley and accommodates numerous beautiful paintings on its walls, as well as the world’s longest champagne glass.
Built to pay homage to medieval times, Lichtenstein Castle is also known as 'Württemberg´s fairytale castle' as it adheres to romanticism in style and furnishing.
Opening Hours April to October daily 9 a.m.–5.30 p.m. February, March and November Sat, Sun and on holidays 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Closed in December and January
Guided Tours Basic tour approx. 30 minutes, cycle variable. Special tours
Directions 35 km from Tübingen. B 28 towards Reutlingen and exit on to the B 312 towards Honau via Pfullingen. Parking 200 meters away from the castle.
With bus and train from the Tübingen train station to Reutlingen. In Reutlingen with local buses (400, 7606, 7607) to Honau/Traifelberg hourly (approx. 45 min.). The path leading to the castle is about a 90 minute walk
Information Schlossverwaltung, 72805 Lichtenstein,
Tel . + 49 (0)71 29- 41 02, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note Wilhelm-Hauff-Museum, 72805 Lichtenstein-Honau, Echazstr. 2
Tel . + 49 (0)7129-2356 and 5753
Open Easter till November 15th, Sat, Sun and on holidays 2 p.m.–5 p.m. T