Bike Touring Highlight
Info as of March 21, 2020:
Parts of the castle complex are being renovated. Driving and parking is not possible. The Burgschänke is closed. The museums and the bastion garden are open at regular times.
The castle complex was built in 1355 by Bishop Berthold Burgrave von Zollern and served as a bishopric until 1725. In the following centuries, the Willibaldsburg was expanded by various bishops. In the 17th century the castle was converted into a representative residence. In 1633 the castle was conquered by the Swedes but recaptured in the same year. The walls and bastions, the armory, the 63 m long gate hall and the "Gemmingen building" with the two towers have been preserved from the 420 m long castle complex. In the north wing of the Gemmingen building is the Jura Museum with the well-known fossils of the Solnhofen limestone, in the south wing is the Ur- u. Prehistoric museum housed. In 1998 the so-called bastion garden with plants from the Hortus Eystettensis was set up on the smith's bastion.
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The Jura Museum is also open again and is worth a visit:
April 5, 2020
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