"Schloss Brenz" (Brenz castle)
Fossil collections against a historical backround
The Local History Museum in the newly renovated Brenz Castle is the oldest of the rural museums in Baden-Württemberg. The geological - palaeontological - natural history collection in Brenz Castle was started as early as 1906 on the initiative of some local citizens. The museum centres on the stone collection compiled by the schoolmaster Hans Wagner which contains many interesting and beautiful fossils from the Swabian Jurassic Period. Faience ware and earthenware, pewter and cast iron stove plates, traditional costume from the lower Brenz valley and farming tools are important items featured in the natural history department. Constantly changing special exhibitions round off the varied programme.
In the Geopark Infocentre, you will find plenty of exciting information on the Jurassic Period and the geological formations directly under Sontheim as well as on how the Ice Age influenced the local region. These facts highlight the fascinating subject of geology and are also illustrated using a variety of rock fragments. Sontheim an der Brenz is located on what was the edge of the primordial ocean Tethys millions of years ago and a special geological feature of the area is the large number of sea urchins preserved in the rock.
From 1 May to 31 October: Sun and public holidays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m
workdays on request.
Groups welcome at any time by prior arrangement.