Oehringen is the largest city in Hohenlohe county, the region between the idyllic river valleys of Kocher, Jagst and Tauber. By its location the "secret capital" of Hohenlohe always received a great meaning as administrative and economical center. The origin of the former residence city go back to the Roman era, when Oehringen appears in history for the first time as "Vicus Aurelianus". The Limes - now declared as World Heritage Site - today crosses the eastern part of the city. With the constitution.... [More about Öhringen]
The castle of Öhringen lies in the heart of the city directly on the marketplace. Today, the splendid Renaissance building serves as the seat of the city administration. The tourist information is also located there. During working hours visitors can have a look inside the rooms of the castle, provided that they are not occupied. If interested, visitors can simply get in touch with the tourist information.
The castle was build in Renaissance style in 1611 according to plans of architect Georg Kern from Hohenlohe and served as the widow's seat for Countess Magdalena from Hohenlohe, half sister of Wilhelm of Orange, until 1633.
After an estate distribution, Öhringen became capital city under Count Johann Friedrich I from Hohenlohe- Neuenstein in 1677. He suggested the attachment of the Marstall to the already existing "Long building". Just like his son Johann Friedrich II, who became count in 1764, other successors also carried out structural extensions and changes. Between 1770 and 1775 the Remisenbau and the outside staircase in the castle courtyard developed as well as the Prinzenbau in 1812/13. Between 1845 and 1847 the staterooms blue hall, dining hall and white hall were renovated.
In 1848/49 the Princely Family transferred their residence to Slawentzitz in Upper Silesia. After the loss of their local possessions, August zu Hohenlohe-Öhringen returned with his family to the castle of Öhringen in 1945 and lived in the south wing until his death in 1962. In the other parts of the castle different tenants were accommodated.
In 1961 the city purchased the castle with the courtyard garden and renovated it from 1976 until 1987.