Rabenstein Castle lies at a dizzy height on a for the region atypical rock at the heart of the Franconian Switzerland. Within its walls, it is home to a classy castle hotel with exquisitely furnished rooms and a restaurant. Regular public tours through the castle explain the history of the castle and present the knight's hall, the armory and the ceremonial room.
Right at the edge of the rocky crag the oldest section of Rabenstein Castle, created in 1188 by Eschwin from Rabenstein, can be seen. At the beginning of the 13th century the complex developed. Among the owners of the castle, who changed frequently throughout the centuries, were the family of Schlüsselfeld and the Burgraves of Nuremberg. After being destroyed at various times - in 1388 in the wars between the Alliance of Swabian Cities and the Salzburg archbishopric and in 1450 in the wars of the Southern German Princes - the castle was rebuilt, extended and redesigned. The structural alterations in 1557 were particularly extensive, when after 300 years the castle again became the property of the Rabensteins. Daniel von Rabenstein altered it into a three-winged Renaissance complex, which was unfortunately destroyed again in the Thirty Years War. In 1742 the lineage died out.
Later, the Earls of Schönborn purchased Manor Rabenstein and built a baroque palace complex. King Ludwig I. of Bavaria and his wife Theresie were guests here. Up until 1975 the castle and the lands remained in the possession of the Earls of Schönborn. Since 2004 the castle lies in the hands of Castle Rabenstein Event GmbH, which completes the renovations and restructuring activities and fills the castle with life through different uses.