"Burg Katzenstein" (Katzenstein castle)
A Hohenstaufen castle dating back to the 12th century
Burg Katzenstein, a historical Hohenstaufen castle dating back to the 12th century with its romantic 14th century castle chapel, is probably one of the oldest castles in south Germany. It is situated on the lower Härtsfeld plateau between the wildly romantic Katzenbach stream and the Egautal (Egau Valley).
Building styles and building materials of the various sections of the castle bear witness to an eventful history and diverse geology. The castle is mainly constructed from light- and dark-coloured limestone. The frames of the windows and doors of the medieval part of Burg Katzenstein are made of a somewhat porous stone which is distinctly different in both structure and appearance from the limestones of the Swabian Alb. This is suevite, the Swabian stone, which is linked with the Ries meteorite impact crater nearby.The suevite was investigated in 1960, solving the mystery of how the crater was formed.
Daily except Mondays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Guided tour at 11 a.m., 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
groups welcome at any time by prior arrangement (evening tours)