Brattenstein Castle

Castle in Röttingen

Brattenstein Castle, Röttingen
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Brattenstein Castle, located in Röttingen, has a rich history dating back to 1230 when it was first mentioned in connection with the Lords of Hohenlohe, who were its original owners. Ownership of the castle changed hands over the years, with the Bishopric of Würzburg and later the state of Bavaria taking control. Today, the castle is owned by the city of Röttingen.

The castle complex consists of various buildings and structures. The former fruit storehouse, which stretches north of the castle courtyard, bears the coat of arms of Prince Bishop Lorenz von Bibra from 1516. The southwest corner features the coat of arms of Bishop Gerhard von Schwarzburg. In the 17th century, a one-story building with a wide cross vault was added as a kitchen. The castle underwent changes and renovations throughout the centuries, including the filling of the moat on the east side after the castle and town were integrated in 1438.

In the 19th century, the castle keep was partially demolished, and the castle grounds were altered several times. During World War II, the castle served as accommodation for various groups, including Reich Labor Service workers and later American soldiers.

After a period of being used as a transit camp for refugees, a clothing factory operated in the castle until a partial collapse occurred in 1971. Since 1984, the castle courtyard and the tithe barn have provided a picturesque setting for the renowned Frankenfestspiele Röttingen, an open-air theater festival held every summer. The festival enjoys great fame and popularity.

In 2012, the tithe barn underwent renovations and was repurposed as the “House of Generations,” providing youth rooms, event/seminar spaces, and changing rooms for the Röttingen Franconia Festival. The restoration of the tithe barn was recognized with the Bayer Architectural Tour Chamber of Architects award in 2012 and the culture prize of the district of Lower Franconia.

Brattenstein Castle, with its fascinating history and versatile use, stands as a cultural and architectural gem in Röttingen, offering a unique venue for the arts and community gatherings.

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Visiting Brattenstein Castle

Address: Brattenstein Castle, Röttingen, Germany
Duration: 20 minutes

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