Ruine Burg Löwenstein

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  • Heinz

    The history of the town of Löwenstein is closely linked to the birth of the castle, which was built in the 11th century (about 1080 - 1090) by the Counts of Calw. In the historical part of this internet site you can inform yourself in detail.

    Throughout the year, nature park guides Sabine Rücker, Walter Hieber, Gisela Weigle and Michaela Köhler offer guided tours of the castle's history and towers to interested visitors to the castle grounds.
    In the season from March to October the castle area is supervised on Sundays and holidays from 11.00 to 17.00 o'clock.
    Also on the following Saturdays from 14.00 - 18.00:
    15.04.2017 / 29.04.2017 / 27.05.2017 / 03.06.2017 / 30.09.2017
    During these times, the castle tower as well as the castle kiosk is open.
    Free guided tours and various hands-on activities are offered throughout. Even outside these times, appointments can be arranged. Contact person is the nature park guide Sabine Rücker (07194/95 48 545).
    Further information is also available in the town hall from Mrs. Eveline Haaf (07130 / 22-23).
    Source: stadt-loewenstein.de/tourismus-freizeit/sehenswuerdigkeiten/burg-loewenstein

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    • May 29, 2017

  • Natascha

    The castle Löwenstein is the ruin of a medieval spur castle. The name derives from the heraldic animal of the original builder, the Earls of Calw, and then transferred to the adjacent village.
    The castle ruins Löwenstein rises about 13 kilometers east-southeast of Heilbronn to 427 m above sea level. NN. About 150 meters in the southeast of the city center of Löwenstein 42 meters lower, she wakes in a promising spur situation on the Keuperrand of the natural area Schwäbisch-Franconian forest mountains over the valley of the Sulm, which is about 230 meters lower. With the installation of a still about nine feet deep neck trench the lords separated the spur of the castle grounds from the Löwensteiner mountains, which are in the back of the castle at a few kilometers altitude of almost 550 m above sea level. Reach NN.
    The Counts of Calw probably built a first castle here in the late 11th century. Already in 1133, the castle was attacked and partially destroyed, later in the 12th century, however, restored and expanded.
    After the calvers, the castle and the county of Löwenstein became Habsburg-owned. During the visit of King Rudolf I in 1287 Löwenstein received the city law. In the first half of the 14th century, the castle was probably extended to the first fortress walls, also the city wall was built.
    Half of the town and castle were pledged to Elector Ruprecht I in 1382, and in 1394 and 1399, the Counts of Burg von Löwenstein concluded a castle peace with Ruprecht's successors. In 1441, the Electoral Palatinate acquired the entire county of Löwenstein together with the castle. The Count Palatine then operated the further massive expansion of the plant in the late 15th century. The Palatine Elector Frederick I handed over the castle and the office Löwenstein 1488 his morganatic son Ludwig of Bavaria, who then called Count Ludwig I von Löwenstein and founded the existing today princely house Löwenstein-Wertheim.
    The ongoing clashes between the Palatinate and Wuerttemberg finally led to the conquest of the castle by the Duke of Württemberg Duke Ulrich in 1504. Parts of the castle were destroyed in a fire in 1512; From the late 16th century, it decayed.
    Building material from remains of the castle was then used to build a new castle in Löwenstein, for the city and cemetery wall and in the city church from 1760.
    The first extensive backup and restoration work took place from the 1970s.

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    • May 14, 2018

  • Rika123

    - Built in the 11th century (about 1080 - 1090) by the Counts of Calw.
    - from March to October, on Sundays and public holidays the castle is "supervised" (exact opening times, see Homepage Stadt Löwenstein)
    -Burgkiosk / WC available (please note opening times).
    - Visiting the tower possible
    - great seating
    - Barbecue area
    - great view
    - well maintained facility

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    • April 16, 2019

  • Matthias Wippenbeck

    Tower of ruin and kiosk unfortunately only open Sundays and bank holidays.
    But great views from the tower and a nice, relaxed atmosphere

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    • September 18, 2018

  • Natascha

    The castle Löwenstein is the ruin of a medieval spur castle. The name derives from the heraldic animal of the original builder, the Earls of Calw, and then transferred to the adjacent village.
    The castle ruins Löwenstein rises about 13 kilometers east-southeast of Heilbronn to 427 m above sea level. NN. About 150 meters in the southeast of the city center of Löwenstein 42 meters lower, she wakes in a promising spur situation on the Keuperrand of the natural area Schwäbisch-Franconian forest mountains over the valley of the Sulm, which is about 230 meters lower. With the installation of a still about nine feet deep neck trench the lords separated the spur of the castle grounds from the Löwensteiner mountains, which are in the back of the castle at a few kilometers altitude of almost 550 m above sea level. Reach NN.
    The Counts of Calw probably built a first castle here in the late 11th century. Already in 1133, the castle was attacked and partially destroyed, later in the 12th century, however, restored and expanded.
    After the calvers, the castle and the county of Löwenstein became Habsburg-owned. During the visit of King Rudolf I in 1287 Löwenstein received the city law. In the first half of the 14th century, the castle was probably extended to the first fortress walls, also the city wall was built.
    Half of the town and castle were pledged to Elector Ruprecht I in 1382, and in 1394 and 1399, the Counts of Burg von Löwenstein concluded a castle peace with Ruprecht's successors. In 1441, the Electoral Palatinate acquired the entire county of Löwenstein together with the castle. The Count Palatine then operated the further massive expansion of the plant in the late 15th century. The Palatine Elector Frederick I handed over the castle and the office Löwenstein 1488 his morganatic son Ludwig of Bavaria, who then called Count Ludwig I von Löwenstein and founded the existing today princely house Löwenstein-Wertheim.
    The ongoing clashes between the Palatinate and Wuerttemberg finally led to the conquest of the castle by the Duke of Württemberg Duke Ulrich in 1504. Parts of the castle were destroyed in a fire in 1512; From the late 16th century, it decayed.
    Building material from remains of the castle was then used to build a new castle in Löwenstein, for the city and cemetery wall and in the city church from 1760.
    The first extensive backup and restoration work took place from the 1970s.

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    • May 14, 2018

  • Peter62

    The way up here is worth it because of the castle complex and because it rewards with good views far over the Sulmtal.

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    • July 20, 2019

  • Peter62

    Nice destination for a hike. From the top you have in many places beautiful wide views over the Sulmtal.

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    • September 16, 2019

  • Tobias

    Great view of the valley, various ascent options for sporty and less sporty hikers. Above rest opportunities.

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    • April 18, 2020

  • Tobias

    Great view of the valley, various ascent options for sporty and less sporty hikers. Above rest opportunities.

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    • April 18, 2020

  • Tobias

    Great view of the valley, various ascent options for sporty and less sporty hikers. Above rest opportunities.

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    • April 18, 2020

  • Matthias

    Beautiful view with a rest stop and a lovingly created wort garden

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    • June 2, 2020

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