The castle was built between 1250 and 1260, and for a long time was the living quarters of the noble families of two brothers, Georg and Heinrich. In 1390, lightning hit the castle and caused extensive damage. After the rebuild, nearly another 100 years of more or less undisturbed life at the castle before it was conquered after a siege in 1486.
The castle then changed hands a few times, mainly as it was given to noblemen who had been loyal and useful to whoever happened to be emperor at the time. In 1599, it was largely abandoned when the then lord of the castle moved to a modern palace, leaving only a small crew behind.
Finally, Louis XIV (the French king's) troups destroyed the castle in 1689 and it became a quarry for everyone else around.
This small building contains a well - the only fresh water supply for the entire castle, which is why it was specially protected:
Since 1819, the castle has been property of the same family. Restoration work (not really rebuilding, mainly making sure the remaining walls would not be ruined any further) began in 1892 and was taken up in earnest in the 1950s, and again in 2011.
Nowadays, it is safe to access even the highest part of the huge building - except for the incredible number of wasps we found swarming the walls! Much as we would have loved to enjoy the great views from the top, we really only dared to stick our heads out of the stairwell for about three seconds, take one or two pictures and then quickly head back down again.
We went back down the hill on a slightly different path and then had a nice meal in a garden café at the bottom. There were ice creams later for us in the picturesque town of Gengenbach (which I showed you here in June) before we headed home.
Once again, I chose the late train for travelling back to Ludwigsburg, arriving there at a quarter past 11, having reached my connecting train without any problem. Another wonderful weekend was over.