Rothenberg Fortress Ruins – Schnaittach

Picture: Rothenberg Fortress

A medieval castle originally stood on the site of the baroque fortress: a Hilpold von Rothenberg was mentioned for the first time in 1254. Rothenberg was later owned by the burgraves of Nuremberg, followed by Emperor Karl IV, who as King of Bohemia thus acquired a new outpost. In 1401 King Ruprecht took the castle from King Wenceslas in Bohemia. During the Thirty Years' War, the castle was occupied by Bavarian troops, posing a considerable threat to the free Protestant city of Nuremberg.

In the Spanish War of Succession, the now heavily fortified castle was taken in 1703 by the imperial troops and completely destroyed. After the peace treaty of 1714, Elector Max Emanuel rebuilt it as an even more powerful fortress, which proved its worth in the Austrian War of Succession when it withstood an attack by the Austrian army. After the Napoleonic Wars the fortress declined in importance, and in 1841 was abandoned and fell into ruin.

In 1966 the ruined fortress passed to the Bavarian Palace Department, which is now taking steps to prevent its further decline; the Schnaittach bastion is being made accessible as a viewing platform and a large part of the massive casemates will be opened up for guided tours.

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Object information:

Address

91220 Schnaittach

Information

Heimatverein Schnaittach
Postfach 28
91218 Schnaittach
Telephone 09153 8078
fax 09153 8078
www.heimatverein1892.de

Responsible administrative office

Burgverwaltung Nürnberg
Auf der Burg 13
90403 Nürnberg
Telefon 0911 244659-0
Fax 0911 244659-300
burgnuernberg@ bsv.bayern.de
www.kaiserburg-nuernberg.de

Opening hours

April-October: 10 am-5 pm
closed Mondays
closed November-March

Visit of the casemates only possible with a guided tour

Guided tours

Guided tours (in German) every hour on the hour (minimum 5 persons or 15 euros)

Admission charges 2016

The guide tours are organized by the Heimatverein Schnaittach. The admission charges you will find under www.heimatverein1892.de

Further information

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

Not accessible for wheelchair users

Nearest railway station:

Schnaittach
www.bahn.com

Public transport with nearest stop:

Bus to "Rabenhof"

Parking space:

Car park at a distance
(walk of circa 15 minutes)

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