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.
Willibaldsburg Castle is open to the public, but the number of visitors is limited. People can go around on their own; guided tours are currently not available.
Please take into account waiting times and restrictions such as altered routes or room closures.
Notes on approach/parking:
Due to construction work, access to Willibaldsburg is currently not possible. From Tuesday to Friday (9 am to 4 pm) 2 disabled parking spaces are available (please register by calling +49 8421 602980). Since the gate building is also closed, access for visitors is currently via the Mondscheinweg. We ask for your understanding for the restrictions.
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)
Last admission is currently at 5.15 pm.
Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31
5 euros regular
4 euros reduced
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