Brunneck Castle

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Brunneck Castle
The courtyard to the southeast

The courtyard to the southeast

Alternative name (s): Veste Prunnekke
Creation time : Late 14th century
Castle type : Höhenburg, spur location
Conservation status: ruin
Construction: Quarry stone masonry, probably partly with corner blocks
Place: Altdorf- Brunneck
Geographical location 48 ° 59 '12 "  N , 11 ° 16' 30"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 59 '12 "  N , 11 ° 16' 30"  E
Height: 490  m above sea level NHN
Brunneck Castle (Bavaria)
Brunneck Castle

Burg Brunneck is the ruin of a spur castle or a late medieval aristocratic castle in the Upper Bavarian district of Eichstätt in Bavaria . It is freely accessible at all times.

Geographical location

The ruin is located in the Altmühltal Nature Park , west of Altdorf and Brunneck, both districts of the Titting market . It stands on an east-facing, three-sided steep mountain tongue of the Brunnenberg above the valley of the Anlauter .


View to the east into the Anlautertal

Built at the end of the 14th century by the Lords of Heideck , the "Veste Prunnekke" with its rights and together with the people and goods of Irfersdorf , Erkertshofen , Schafhausen and Wachenzell was sold in 1413 by Johann II von Heideck to the Eichstätt bishopric and after 1423 under Prince-Bishop Friedrich IV. von Oettingen to eichstättisch-Prince Bishop Pflegamtsschloss expanded. In 1525 the castle was occupied and looted by the Mässinger peasant heap during the Peasants' War . In 1544 the Principality of Brunneck united with the Nursing Office in Titting. A castle chapel is mentioned in 1602 , which was dedicated to St. Alexius . In the 17th century the castle was only the residence of the episcopal forester . After 1691 it fell into disrepair.


View into the castle courtyard after the renovation
The southwest part of the castle ruins

From the former castle complex only the remains of two wall sections of the approximately trapezoidal complex are preserved. In the west, a deep ditch separates the castle square from the hinterland. The surrounding wall behind it is reinforced like a shield wall and still around seven meters high. In the north the wall ends in a semicircular, tower-like protrusion.

In the southwest the wall continues at right angles to the slope edge. A gate opening in the middle of the wall enables access to the interior of the castle.

As of 2015, the existing walls were extensively renovated by the Bayerische Staatsforsten company . In August 2017 the castle was opened to the public again. The top of the wall was secured with a surrounding railing and can be climbed over a length of 50 meters.


  • Werner Meyer : Castles in Upper Bavaria - A manual . Verlag Weidlich, Würzburg 1986, ISBN 3-8035-1279-4 , p. 89 .
  • Karl Zecherle (Red.): Castles and palaces . Eichstätt district in the Altmühltal nature park. Ed .: District of Eichstätt. 2nd unchanged edition. Hercynia-Verlag, Kipfenberg 1987, DNB  944206697 , p. 58-59 .

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