Neuenstein Castle

 The roots of today’s castle are to be found in a staufischen water castle of the early 13th century. It stood on a sandbank in a marshy area near an old long-distance trade route, which led from the Rhine via Wimpfen eastwards to the Danube.
Around 1230, the estate was owned by the lords of Stein, whose descendants later called “von Neuenstein”, and came to the counts of Hohenlohe around 1300, which used the castle as a residence. The Eschelbach Steige as a transport route played an important role in the construction and supply of the castle and castle. After the plant had already been expanded in the 15th century, Count Ludwig Casimir von Hohenlohe had it transformed into a Renaissance castle by the Heilbronner master builder Balthasar Wolff in the 16th century. The expansion lasted until the beginning of the 17th century. After Wolfgang Julius von Hohenlohe died 1698, the family moved their residence to Öhringen. In the meantime, the castle of Neuenstein was empty and fell into disrepair. Later it served as a breeding and work house, as retirement home as well as orphanage.
From 1870 renovations were carried out in the Hall of Emperors . Afterwards, an antique collection from Kirchberg Castle was used as the basis for a family museum of the Hohenlohe family. It was one of the first private museums in Germany and from 1878 onwards accessible to the public. Fürst Christian Kraft zu Hohenlohe-Oehringen commissioned the architect and castle explorer Bodo Ebhardt with a comprehensive restoration of the castle at the beginning of the 20th century. The works took place in the period from 1906 to 1925. In the course of their journey, the plant was built around a storey.  Today the Castle is the Residence of Fürst kraft and Fürstin katharina zu Hohenlohe-Oehringen. it also houses the Hohenlohe-Zentralarchiv.

The Inner Court

The Inner Court

Tower in the Inner Court

Tower in the Inner Court

historic Castle Kitchem

 

Terrace with a look into the private Garden

The private Garden

The private Garden

In a walk around the Castle and it’s Gardens you can see the Castle from many different perspevtives

 

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