"Cadolzburg" was first mentioned in a document in 1157. In the mid-13th century it was acquired by the Hohenzollern burgraves of Nuremberg. The oldest stone buildings known to us date from this time; during the following centuries these were extended to create a prestigious complex. When in the 14th/15th century the Hohenzollerns came into conflict with the city of Nuremberg, they made Cadolzburg their centre of government in Franconia. After the court was relocated, the castle continued as an important administrative centre of the Brandenburg-Ansbach margraviate until the end of the 18th century.
The main castle, perched on a steep rocky spur, is surrounded by an imposing ring wall, which like the main gate and Palas (part of the New Building) dates from the 13th century. Outside the ring wall is a spacious bailey, where the Burgmannen originally resided and which in the Renaissance period became a garden.
At the end of the Second World War the castle went up in flames and remained a ruin for decades. Over the last few decades the Bavarian Palace Department has secured the site and the building substance. Cadolzburg Castle is now being converted into an attractive museum with an exhibition area of around 1,500 m², which will open in June 2017 to provide an entertaining and exciting encounter with the Middle Ages. Visitors will be able to see, hear, smell and feel what it was like to live at the castle in the late medieval period and gain an immediate impression of the past.
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Due to extensive building work Cadolzburg Castle cannot be visited and the function rooms are not available until mid-2017.
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