The traditional Markt Cadolzburg lays in the heart of Franconia, roundly 25 kilometres west of Nuremberg.
Its name alone indicates the major attraction of the town, the Cadolzburg. The mighty castle complex, which sits enthroned in the middle of the town, characterized the development of the over 850 years old Market significantly. As in the 14th/15th century it was residence of the burgraves of Nuremberg and the Zoller margraves at Brandenburg, a steadily increasing territory was mastered from here.
The numerous historical buildings, especially at the Market Square and in the narrow alleys around the castle, remind of the eventful history. After the relocation of court-holding to Ansbach in the middle of the 15th century, the town became less important. The castle served until the end of the 18th century as an administrative center of the margrave-rule Brandenburg-Ansbach, afterwards it remained idle. Due to the affiliation of the margrave-rule Bayreuth-Ansbach with Prussia in 1792, Cadolzburg also became Prussian, due to the repartition of the country by “Napoleon’s Mercy” it fell into the hands of the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1806.
It was not until the 19th century, that a historical interest for the castle complex awakened. Therefore Markt Cadolzburg became a popular destination, which was reachable with the Rangau-Train starting in Fürth since 1892. Especially at the time of fruit blossom, it is being reported of more than 20,000 visitors at one weekend.
Who visits Cadolzburg today, should enjoy the view at the impressive panorama of the town with the weir systems of the Cadolzburg, the margravial church and the viewing tower “Cadolzburger Bleistift” from the so-called “Buchspitze”.