Wülzburg Hohenzollern Fortress
The fortress called Wülzburg is situated on the highest point of the south Frankenalb, which rises to 640 m. Surrounded by a dry moat hewn into the rock, it is an imposing and singular monument of a Renaissance fortress in Germany. Enjoy the magnificent view over Weißenburg and the surrounding from the bastions. In 1588 Hohenzollern-Margrave Georg Friedrich d. Ä. von Brandenburg-Ansbach erected a pentagonal fortress, in what was then the modern Italian style of fortress building. The site was well chosen in the southern part of his territory close the imperial city of Weißenburg. The original castle tract was destroyed by a great fire, “because the cook let the fat burn in the pan”. It was re-erected after the Thirty Years War. In the 19th and 20th century it served as prison and refugee camp, Charles de Gaulle being kept here in 1918. (A plaque inside the gateway commemorates his involuntary stay). After 1945 the castle was renovated and now houses a school.
children € 1.00
1 May to mid-October
Sunday/public holiday: 11am to 5pm
daily during the Bavarian Whitsun- and summer-holidays