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.
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The Jura Museum (Branch of the Bavarian State Scientific Collections) at Willibaldsburg Castle is temporarily closed.
April-September: 9 am-6 pm
October-March: 10 am-4 pm
(except: 6 January, Easter Monday, 1 May, Whit Monday, 15 August, 3 October, 1 November)
Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31
No regular guided tours
2.50 euros regular
2 euros reduced
(reduced due to the temporarily closure of the Jura Museum)
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)
50 car parking spaces and 3 bus parking spaces available
Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Ansbach
Fax 0981 953839-40
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