The water tower of Sternenfels on the Schlossberg on the site of the former castle
|Creation time :||around 1232|
|Castle type :||Hilltop castle|
|Standing position :||Nobles|
The castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century by the Lords of Sternenfels as their ancestral seat and was mentioned in 1232. After the castle went to the Lords of Liebenstein , it was pledged to Württemberg in 1320. Before the castle was demolished in 1778 and taken down until 1780, it served as a forester's seat and as a prison for poachers in the 17th century.
The castle, of which only the ramparts and moats are preserved today, was built from white sandstone .
A first observation tower was built in 1866, which became dilapidated and had to be blown up in 1966. A year later, in 1967, a 14 meter high water tower with a viewing platform in the style of a keep was built on the Schlossberg . In the tower there is an exhibition on the history of the Lords of Sternenfels and the geology of Stromberg and Heuchelberg .
- Hartmut Riehl: Castles and palaces in the Kraichgau . 2nd Edition. Verlag Regionalkultur, Ubstadt-Weiher 1998, ISBN 3-929366-51-7 , pp. 108-109.
- Max Miller , Gerhard Taddey (ed.): Handbook of the historical sites of Germany . Volume 6: Baden-Württemberg (= Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 276). 2nd, improved and enlarged edition. Kröner, Stuttgart 1980, ISBN 3-520-27602-X .
- Dieter Buck: The great book from Stromberg-Heuchelberg. Nature, culture, history, places . 1st edition. Silberburg-Verlag, Tübingen 2006, ISBN 3-87407-704-7 , p. 46 .
- Inauguration on the Schlossberg. (No longer available online.) Sternenfels.org, archived from the original on September 16, 2013 ; Retrieved June 3, 2013 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.