In 1157, the town and castle were first mentioned in documents as "Helmericus de Kadoldeßburc", when a barter was agreed between the diocese of Würzburg and the monastery of Heilsbronn. It is very close that the name of the castle can be interpreted as the castle of Kadold, who had already built the monastery Herrieden around 793 at this place. However, nothing has been preserved from this early period.
The oldest known facilities of the castle were built around 1250 under the burgrave Konrad I of Nuremberg and his son Friedrich III, when they built the Cadolzburg to their residence. In 1397, Frederick VI. the "Untergebirgische" country together with the residence Cadolzburg assigned. But already 20 years later he received the electorate of Brandenburg and became the ancestor of the Prussian kings and the German emperors since 1871.
Under his son Albrecht Achilles of Brandenburg, the Cadolzburg experienced the transition to a hunting residence. In the middle of the 14th century, the spelling "Cadelspurgk" of the place name was in use and appears in numerous documents of Nuremberg. As part of the margravate Ansbach the place was from 1500 in the Franconian imperial circle.
February 15, 2016
The oldest of the surviving components of this historic Hohenzollernveste date back to around 1250. At that time, the Zollerischen burgraves of Nuremberg, the Cadolzburg expand their residence. Thereafter, she was to remain a preferred residence of the Franconian Hohenzollern for more than 200 years. Kings and princes, even emperors were welcome guests, there were common hunting parties and "princely merrymaking". The Cadolzburg was also used for diplomatic occasions and political consultations. Around the middle of the 15th century. The Cadolzburg became a secondary residence - but equipped with every comfort of the time! Especially the magnificent development of the "Old Castle" and the impressive "New Castle" testify to this in a remarkable way.
July 23, 2019
The main castle on a steep rocky outcrop has an imposing ring wall, which, like the main gate and the so-called Palas (a part of the New Castle), dates back to the 13th century. From a possible predecessor development of the area testifies today only the crypt called lower basement of the former freestanding chapel. The Kernburg is preceded by a spacious outer bailey, in which initially the seats of the Burgmannen and in the Renaissance a garden lay.
March 24, 2018
Big and small medieval fans can feel for themselves, as it was 600 years ago to Hofe. The history of the castle can not only be seen and heard but also felt, tasted and even smelled: here you can go on a real time journey.
Castle Adventure Museum Cadolzburg: Virtual Reality brings the Middle Ages to life.
The exhibition area of 1,500 square meters is spread over four floors. In addition to numerous original exhibits and reproductions such as swords, maces, axes, helebards, shields, dishes, building materials and armor, visitors can look forward to a "Virtual Reality Experience": Via VR glasses, you can follow a late medieval jousting tournament. In addition, accompanying Smartphone and tablet apps for iOS and Android will be available for free in the Appstore from May.
At many stations, everyday life in a Fürstenburg is processed in a multimedia way - from meals and sleeping arrangements to fighting, hunting or dancing. You can see the castle courtyard, the dining room, a chapel, the kitchen with a mighty ox pit and a torture chamber. Along the fortification, there is a spectacular view around Cadolzburg. The Burggarten grows sunflowers, roses and culinary herbs in summer.
Opening hours from April to September: 9am to 6pm
Opening hours from October to March: 10am to 4pm
Attention: The castle is closed on Mondays - on this day only the outdoor facilities can be visited!
The entrance fee is 7 Euro per person (6 Euro reduced)
For children and adolescents under 18 years, admission is free!
If you want to visit the Kaiserburg in Nuremberg and Cadolzburg, you pay 12 euros for the combination ticket.
April 9, 2018
The main castle on a steep rocky outcrop has an imposing ring wall, which, like the main gate and the so-called Palas (a part of the New Castle), dates back to the 13th century. From a possible predecessor development of the area testifies today only the crypt called basement of the formerly free-standing chapel.
July 23, 2019
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