According to a legend by Wilhem Hauff, the castle was built by the traveling home of Heimenstein. In fact, the castle was built around 1270. From here until the late Middle Ages, the only Albaufstieg from the Neidlinger valley to controlled. Later, there were changing tenants, who were responsible for the castle together with the brick yard. 1964 acquired the circle Nürtingen the plant.
Ruin Reussenstein - legendary with a wide view
Above Neidlingen lies the Reußenstein, the landmark of the Neidlinger valley. The castle was built at the end of the 13th century and controlled the oldest and until the late Middle - only single Alb climb from the Neidlinger valley.
Already around 1301, the first known lord of the Reussenstein is detectable, a knight Diethoh vom Stain. In the middle of the 16th century, the castle began to decay. In 1846, the last lynx in Germany was killed at Reußenstein. The ruin was secured and supplemented in the mid-60s of the 20th century.
The ruin Reußenstein is the ruin of a rock castle above Neidlingen in the district of Esslingen in Baden-Württemberg. Today, Reußenstein is a popular destination for climbers and hikers and is one of the most visited castles in the Alb.  The Reußenstein Ruin was named Monument of the Month December 2012 by the Denkmalstift Baden-Württemberg.
Some vantage points are well-known, others rather insider tips - but they all have one thing in common: unique views over the beautiful landscape of the .... The ruin Reußenstein stands boldly on the towering rock reef on the northern edge of the Swabian Alb, northwest of Wiesensteig.
Below the castle ruins is a viewing platform from which one has a great view over parts of the Alb.
The castle Ruins Reußenstein is well maintained and accessible. On the road 1430 above Neidlingen is a large paved parking lot with access to the ruins (about 300 m). The restaurant in Hofgut Reußenstein (about 1000 meters away) is only open from 1 May.
The legend of the genesis, which Wilhelm Hauff tells in his historical-romantic novel "Lichtenstein" (1826), is based on a poem by Gustav Schwab, who immigrated around the Alb around 1820 and who probably picked up a local narrative: The Giant of Heimenstein opposite, artisans from all over the country drummed together to build the castle on the narrow rock, for a good reward, as he promised. When the finished structure had defects, because a last nail had not hit the dizzying abyss, he refused the payment until the defect was remedied. No one dared until a brave repairman appeared, who wanted to win the hand of the daughter of his master, who was not weighed him. The giant rewarded this courage by helping the young man to solve the difficult task. Then he paid all and bequeathed the locksmith the castle.
If the heroes are princes in ordinary fairy tales, it is a simple artisan: Swabian is not.
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