The castle complex on the Willibaldsberg was begun in 1355 and extended in the second half of the 16th century under Martin von Schaumberg. It was transformed into an impressive residence by Elias Holl during the reign of Prince-Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen (1595-1612) – at this stage of the building's history the towers were crowned by onion domes.
Gemmingen also laid out the renowned botanical garden "Hortus Eystettensis". Based on the copperplate engravings illustrating the plant collection which were created in 1613 by Basilius Besler, the Bastion Garden opened in 1998 reproduces the plant world of the original botanical garden.
For a visit to our sights, the 2G plus rule applies at present.
29 March-3 Oct.: 9 am-6 pm
4 Oct.-28 March: 10 am-4 pm
(except: 6 January, Easter Monday, 1 May, Whit Monday, 15 August, 3 October, 1 November)
Last admission is currently at 5.15 pm.
Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31
Due to construction work, the observation tower at Willibaldsburg Castle will be closed to visitors until probably the end of January 2022.
Due to construction work, access to Willibaldsburg Castle by car or bus will not be possible. There are only 2 disabled parking spaces available (by prior arrangement; phone +49 8421 602980). In order to use the parking spaces, a disabled person's ID card with the symbol aG must be presented. Please make an appointment at least one day in advance. There are no further parking possibilities.
Most of the Jura Museum is accessible for wheelchair users; the access to the Bastion garden is difficult because of steep slopes
Jura Museum (Branch of the Bavarian State Scientific Collections)
Museum of Pre- and Early History (Historical Association of Eichstätt)
Bus to the castle (bus stop below the castle)
Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Ansbach
Fax 0981 953839-40