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Burg Hornberg

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BurgHornberg-mit-Booten  View over the Neckar River to Hornberg Castle
View over the Neckar River to Hornberg Castle.

Hornberg Castle

The hotel-restaurant at Hornberg Castle was opened in 1953 and is now one of the premium partners of the Castle Road.

Hornberg Castle in the Neckar river valley is known as the long-term residence of the "knight with the iron hand" Götz of Berlichingen. Its famous resident bought the castle in 1517 and lived there until his death in 1562. Reinhard "the scholar" of Gemmingen purchased the facility in 1612. The castle is still in possession of his family, nowadays in the twelfth generation.

The castle was first mentioned in 1184, however it should be older. The first owners, the counts of Lauffen, were followed by the men of Dürn and the Hochstift Speyer. In 1464 the castle together with Neckarzimmern, Steinbach and Haßmersheim was sold to Lutz Schott of Schottenstein.

From his son Conz of Schottenstein Götz of Berlichingen bought the castle including Steinbach and Haßmersheim for 6500 gulden and carried the name "von Berlichingen zu Hornberg". He lived there with his family for 45 years, eleven of them in knightly custody due to his participation in the peasant war in 1525. His lifestory served as an inspiration for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play "Götz von Berlichingen". Philipp Ernst, one of his grandsons, sold the castle to Hans Heinrich von Heußenstamm in 1594.

During the Thirty Years War, the castle was repeatedly occupied and plundered in 1634 and 1645. Devastated and plundered by the French in the Palatine War of Succession in 1689, the castle was repaired in 1700. From 1738 on it was uninhabited and ,thus, decayed. From the first half of the twentieth century, extensive renovation work was carried out. Since the 1930s the owner family is living in the facility again.

BurgHornberg Hof1  Hornberg Castle - castle courtyard
Hornberg Castle - castle courtyard.
BurgHornberg Terrasse-Neckartal1  Burg Hornberg - view from the terrace to the Neckar valley
Burg Hornberg - view from the terrace to the Neckar valley.
BurgHornberg Blick-auf-die-Burganlage  Hornberg Castle - view of the castle grounds
Hornberg Castle - view of the castle grounds.
BurgHornberg Nachtaufnahme  Hornberg Castle by night
Hornberg Castle by night.
BurgHornberg Goetz-von-Berlichingen  Hornberg Castle - Götz von Berlichingen and the Iron Hand
Hornberg Castle - Götz von Berlichingen and the Iron Hand.
BurgHornberg Kapelle-innen2  Hornberg Castle - castle chapel
Hornberg Castle - castle chapel.
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