Ruine Hohenurach

Ruine Hohenurach

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Recommended by 1061 out of 1079 hikers


  • Franzy

    A really big ruin of the former prison fortress Hohenurach. The Urach waterfall can be seen and heard from there.
    There are still some rooms, cellars, dungeons and open spaces to explore and is definitely worth a detour.
    The castle ruins will still be renovated in four construction phases until 2024, but only a very small part is always framed in scaffolding, which does not detract from the experience at the castle. We found it extremely beautiful and interesting.
    The spiral staircases are often very small and narrow, so clothes should be worn that can get a little dirty, otherwise everything is very accessible.

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    • July 3, 2016

  • Alex

    As already described here, the ruin is today a very worthwhile destination and should not be missed during a visit to the Urach waterfall.

    A little history:
    The once proud castle Hohenurach was built in the middle of the 11th century under the then Count of Urach.
    In the following centuries, the ownership changed and the castle was part of numerous conflicts, especially in the Thirty Years' War. Until 1694 a heavy lightning strike in the Powder Tower destroyed large parts of the fortress and this was finally abandoned in 1761.
    In more detail:

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    • December 29, 2016

  • Mike

    It is one of the largest, most massive and significant castles in southern Germany, and has a long and much-contested past.
    Start of construction: 1025
    First documentary mention: 1235
    Purchase by the Earl of Württemberg: 1264
    Expansion: 1428
    Capture of the fortress by the Swabian League: 1519
    Extension to one of the seven Württemberg state fortress: 1534 - 1556
    Occupied by imperial troops in the Thirty Years' War: 1635
    Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg ordered the demolition of the fortress: 1765
    As a state prison, the Hohenurach housed such famous prisoners as the poet Nicodemus Frischlin (1590); the Württemberg Chancellor Matthäus Enslin (1613); The beloved of Duke Eberhard Ludwig, Countess von Grävenitz (1731 - 1732); and Donato Guiseppe Frisoni, the architect of Schloss Ludwigsburg (1735)

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    • November 11, 2018

  • Sam

    The climb is quite steep and exhausting, but above you are rewarded by the view

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    • June 18, 2017

  • Reini

    The great views and cozy benches worth the steep climb

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    • March 23, 2017

  • Baste

    Very well-preserved castle ruins, which still has many small passages especially for children to discover

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    • January 7, 2018

  • Jennifer

    ATTENTION! Construction work always Mon-Thu from April 2018 - unbrkammt.

    It's really worth it! The climb is a bit steep but the great view, the spooky cellar and the romantic flair rewards everything.

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    • May 18, 2018

  • *M* Webb`ster

    If you like ruins, you can explore one or two small "something".
    A few hallways, stairs that go in small rooms are still available. One or the other hiker you meet of course up there and with me, with inclusive school excursion class :-)

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    • June 25, 2015

  • Heinz

    The steep ascent to the ruins is rewarded with a fantastic view down to Bad Urach and surroundings. A visit is always worthwhile.

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    • March 1, 2017

  • Baste

    Very well-preserved castle ruins, which holds especially for the little ones, a lot of small passages to discover

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    • January 7, 2018

  • JoK

    The tour can be very well combined with a detour via the Urach waterfall. There you can fortify yourself at the kiosk and walk the way back to the parking lot along the idyllic stream.

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    • August 30, 2018

  • Roman Domhardt + Zera vom Laucherttal

    Fantastic view down to Bad Urach and surroundings

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    • August 14, 2016

  • david

    Far from noise and bustle a place to lie in the sun and to look in the blue sky.
    Pure relaxation.

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    • June 18, 2018

  • Firefucker

    Here is a very great ruin, with a wonderful all-round view and several grills where you can grill something cozy! The view is unique.
    The climb definitely requires a few drops of sweat.

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    • October 4, 2018

  • Jan

    I've been coming here regularly for over 20 years. Now I was here at night too. This is a completely different experience. Really great. Highly recommended.

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    • November 1, 2018

  • Klaus-Peter

    Great view. Many secret passages and rooms. Sitting on old walls and resting on sunny meadows.

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    • November 1, 2016

  • Harald

    Interesting castle ruins and beautiful views of Bad Urbach

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    • August 12, 2017

  • Thaoden

    Excellent view of Bad Urach and the round mountain.
    Some rooms are well preserved and can be used for overnight stays.

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    • November 11, 2018

  • Baste

    Very well preserved castle ruin, which holds many aisles and vaults ready for the little ones to discover

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    • January 7, 2018

  • Hubert F.

    The ascent is steep, but worth it absolutely. Nice view of the surroundings. Currently being restored (I think until 2020).

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    • September 7, 2018

  • Roman Domhardt + Zera vom Laucherttal

    This ruin was not only a fortress, it was also a prison, today you have a great view, atmosphere

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    • December 2, 2016

  • anja&nico

    Great and well-preserved ruin

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    • September 29, 2018

  • Sascha

    A great ruin that is partly still well preserved, if you can describe it like that. From the ruin you have a great view.

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    • March 19, 2020

  • Rainer

    A steep climb, but it's worth it !! A wonderful view.

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    • March 17, 2020

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Location: Bad Urach, Reutlingen, Tübingen District, Baden-Württemberg, Germany


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