Hohengundelfingen Castle

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Hohengundelfingen Castle
Hohengundelfingen Castle, ruins of the upper castle

Hohengundelfingen Castle, ruins of the upper castle

Creation time : around 1200
Castle type : Hilltop castle
Conservation status: ruin
Standing position : Free nobles
Construction: Humpback cuboid
Place: Gundelfingen
Geographical location 48 ° 19 '25 "  N , 9 ° 30' 21"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 19 '25 "  N , 9 ° 30' 21"  E
Height: 725  m above sea level NN

The castle Hohengundelfingen when to Münsingen belonging village Gundelfingen in the district of Reutlingen is the medieval ruins of a hilltop castle on 725  m above sea level. NN above the Lautertal . It was the headquarters of the Gundelfingen noble family .


From the national road 465 you can reach Dürr Stetten . There is a parking lot for hikers on the way to Gundelfingen. From here you can reach the castle in 10 to 15 minutes on the signposted path without climbing. It is freely accessible.

From the source of the Große Lauter near Offenhausen you can reach Gundelfingen after approx. 18 km through the picturesque Lautertal (hiking trail, bike path, road).

Hohengundelfingen Castle, keep
Hohengundelfingen Castle, hump square masonry of the keep

From several lookout points of the ruin, especially from the now 12 m high keep, one has a clear view of the river valley and far over the southern and western Alb plateau.

View from Hohengundelfingen Castle to the Umlaufberg of the Große Lauter with the Niedergundelfingen ruins on the summit and the village of Gundelfingen


The Höhenburg is considered to be the ancestral castle of the Gundelfingen noble family. This gender has been known since the 12th century. Swigger IV. Von Gundelfingen (around 1160–1228) can be named as a possible builder of the castle. The remains of the keep made of humpback blocks date from the beginning of the 13th century. The construction of the high-quality masonry coincides with the flowering phase of the noble family. The castle was first mentioned in a document in 1236.

Beginning with the Gundelfingian inheritance in 1250, the decline of the aristocratic family began. After 1293 the castle was sold to the Habsburgs . From then on it had many different owners and was pledged just as often. Gundelfinger also appeared as pledger several times.

In 1389 the castle was used as a castle stable, d. H. referred to as a ruin. Apparently it had been destroyed in the previous city war between Eberhard dem Greiner and the imperial cities .

In 1774 Hohengundelfingen became the sole property of the von Landsee family after a payment of 5,000 guilders. In the same year, Carl Joseph Reichsgraf von Palm (1749–1814) acquired the ruin and its accessories for 68,000 guilders. In 1783 he was raised to the rank of imperial prince; he and his descendants also called themselves "Palm-Gundelfingen" after their imperial rule. In 1805 the imperial immediacy was lost and state sovereignty over Hohengundelfingen came to the Crown of Württemberg. In 1812 the Princes Palm sold the property to the Baron von Gumppenberg-Pöttmös.

In 1939 the Neu-Ulm manufacturer Hans Römer bought the plant. He had extensive repairs and additions carried out. The work lasted 17 years.


  • Christoph Bizer, Wilhelm Gradmann: Castles and palaces of the Swabian Alb . Stuttgart: DRW-Verlag 1994. ISBN 3-871812-84-6
  • Martin Schleker: The Great Lautertal and its castles
  • Günter Schmitt : Hohengundelfingen . In: Ders .: Burgenführer Schwäbische Alb. Volume 2 · Alb Middle-South. Hiking and discovering between Ulm and Sigmaringen . Biberach publishing house printing. Biberach an der Riss 1989. ISBN 3-924489-45-9 . Pp. 183-192

Web links

Commons : Hohengundelfingen Castle  - Collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History of Hohengundelfingen Castle> Conversions and extensions on the website of the Römer family
  2. Der Teckbote, edition of September 16, 2017, page 15