The Neckargemünd region, whose stunning landscape is mostly thanks to the meanders of the Neckar River between leafy hills, is one of the oldest areas of human habitation in Europe. The first documented reference to Neckargemünd is from 988. In an imperial tax register from 1241 Neckargemünd appeared for the first time as the free imperial town "Gamundia". Until the dissolution of the Electoral Palatinate in the Napoleonic era (1803) Neckargemünd remained under the ownership of the powerful Elector.... [More about Neckargemünd]
Visible from a long distance away, Dilsberg Fortress rises above the Neckar River valley. The medieval castle complex is located near a loop in the river and is known for the fantastic panoramic view over the Odenwald and Kraichgau. Before the gates is the picturesque historic town centre of Dilsberg, which today belongs to Neckargemünd.
The fortress was first mentioned in 1208. After it was owned by the Counts of Lauffen and Lords of Dürn, it became the property of the Palatine Electorate after 1300. It was one of the most hotly contested fortress complexes of the Thirty Years War, was occupied by commander Tilly in 1622 and recaptured by the Swedish in 1633; yet despite all the chaos of the war the fortress remained intact. With the end of the Palatine Electorate in 1803 Dilsberg Fortress fell to the state of Baden and served as a state prison as well as a detention cell for students until it was demolished in 1822.
Since the early 20th century Dilsberg has gradually evolved into a tourist haven. At first a popular destination especially for students and for the youth- and migrationmovement, Dilsberg developped into a touristic attraction.