Deutschordensschloss (Castle of the Teutonic Order)
Castle in Bad Mergentheim
Deutschordensschloss, also known as the Castle of the Teutonic Order, is a historic castle located in the town of Bad Mergentheim in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. The castle was originally built in the 12th century as a fortified monastery for the Teutonic Order, a medieval Catholic religious order of knights.
Over the centuries, the castle underwent several renovations and expansions, with the most significant changes occurring in the 16th century when it was converted into a residential palace for the order’s grand master. The castle was also used as a military barracks during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Today, the Deutschordensschloss is a popular tourist attraction and is home to several museums and galleries. The castle’s permanent exhibits include the Teutonic Order Museum, which explores the history of the order and its role in shaping European history, and the Deutschordensmuseum, which showcases a collection of art and artifacts related to the history of the castle and the town of Bad Mergentheim.
The castle also features a number of beautiful gardens and courtyards, including a large Renaissance garden and a picturesque courtyard with a fountain and a statue of Saint George slaying the dragon.
Visitors to the Deutschordensschloss can explore the castle’s many rooms and halls, including the grand staircase, the royal apartments, and the chapel, which features a beautiful frescoed ceiling and stained-glass windows. The castle also offers guided tours and hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year, including concerts, theater performances, and art exhibitions.
Visiting Deutschordensschloss (Castle of the Teutonic Order)
1 APRIL TO 31 OCTOBER: Wed-Sun – 10:30 am – 05:00 pm
1 NOVEMBER TO 31 MARCH Thu – Sat – 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm. Sun. 10:30 am – 05:00 pm