The Rechberg and the castle Hohenrechberg
The Rechberg (707 m above sea level) is one of the three Kaiser mountains and is located near the center of Schwäbisch Gmünd. The eponymous castle was first mentioned in 1179. She was the ancestral seat of the Swabian noble family of Rechberg. At the foot of the Rechsberg is the resort of the same name. Rechberg is a district of Schwäbisch Gmünd and the pilgrimage church has been the destination of pilgrims since the 15th century.
The most famous art historical property is the ruin Hohenrechberg. Until 1986, the castle was in the hands of the Counts of Rechberg. This noble family is already mentioned under Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. A first fortification was built here already in Roman times, the castle Hohenrechberg is mentioned in 1322 in documents.
Over the centuries, the castle was expanded and conquered several times. It was not destroyed. In 1865, a lightning strike caused a big fire and the castle became a ruin.
On the summit of the mountain is the pilgrimage church of St. Maria Hohenrechberg. The baroque church was commissioned by Count Bernhard Bero and was completed between 1686 and 1688 by master builder Valerian Brenner. A showpiece inside the church is the altar with a 14th-century Marian figure.
You want to explore the Rechberg on foot? From Hölltal in Schwäbisch Gmünd it is 5 km to the top of the Rechberg. On this geological trail almost 400 meters of altitude need to be overcome. On 24 information boards you will be given information about the different layers of rock.
From the castle ruins Hohenrechberg leads a Way of the Cross up to the pilgrimage church. Parking is available below the castle.
Source: http: //neckar-magazin.de/umland/drei-kaiserberge/rechberg/index.html
May 23, 2016
Very beautiful castle, also a highlight for children. The restaurant is unfortunately no longer available. Admission is via a turnstile in the € 2 - or 1 € pieces must be thrown. Children 1 €, adults 2 €. But there is a machine right next to the 5, 10 and 20 € -Scheine change into small change.
Inside there is a lot to explore, especially for children, from the dungeon to the tower. There is a room that can be visited with 2 exhibits in showcases 1x the castle today and once what the castle looked like before. The presentation of the room suggests that there can also be married.
The view from all parts of the castle is great.
May 23, 2018
The irregular polygonal castle complex has a ring wall with humpback curbs, a Hohenstaufen palace next to the rectangular projecting gate and a 30-meter-deep castle well. Since 1806, the castle chapel (Old Chapel) was no longer used.
July 21, 2018
The "Hohenrechberg Castle Ruins" stand on the "Rechberg" near Schwäbisch Gmünd in the Ostalb district, Baden-Württemberg.
- so-called "Spornburg" or Höhenburg (interesting information at: burg-ruinen.de/einleitung/höhenburg)
- at approx. 644 m above sea level NHN
- The "Pilgrimage Church of St. Maria" is nearby
- Further information: schwaebisch-gmuend.de/burgruine-und-wallfahrtskirche-rechberg.html#:~:text
- s. also burg-rechberg.de
September 14, 2020
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