Monasteries, castles and caves

In Ehingen and the surrounding area

Großlaupheim Castle

Located above the roofs of the city of Laupheim, embedded in the castle park and the rose garden, a well thought-out, light-flooded architecture presents itself in the field of tension between old and new, between castle and cultural center, between culture and history. An exact dating of the age of Großlaupheim Castle can no longer be made today. During the Peasants’ War, the wooden castle from the Baltringer Haufen was burned down.


Experience the fascination of the Middle Ages on a journey back in time to the early 14th century. The Bachritterburg is the scientifically founded reconstruction of a wooden castle typical of the Lower Nobility, also known as the “moth”. Without the distance from glass showcases, you feel like a guest of the lord of the castle, because every room and every detail – from toys to tools – is designed with great attention to detail, as if you were in the middle of this era.

Bad Urach residential palace

The residential palace is located directly in Bad Urach’s historic old town. The interiors of the Residenzschloss such as the Dürnitz (late Gothic), the Palmensaal with the ancestral specimen of Count Eberhard V. von Württemberg, the Golden Hall (Renaissance) and the White Hall (Baroque) are particularly interesting in terms of regional and art history.

Wiblingen Monastery

The former Benedictine monastery of Wiblingen was founded in 1093 at the gates of Ulm. The library hall in the new baroque building is particularly impressive. The ceiling paintings by Franz Martin Kuen, the sculptures, the pillars of the gallery, the many stucco work convey a picture of perfect harmony. Using modern media, the museum in the convent building leads into a seemingly strange world: the world of baroque.

Bad Schussenried Monastery

The Premonstratensian Monastery, Schussenried, was founded in 1183 and is located in the middle of the Baroque landscape of Upper Swabia. After large parts of the monastery had burned down in the Thirty Years’ War, master builder Jakob Emele under Abbot Magnus Kleber rebuilt the building complex from the middle of the 18th century. The splendidly carved baroque choir stalls of the parish church of St. Magnus and the light-flooded rococo library are among the main attractions of the former monastery.

Zwiefalten Monastery

The center of the old monastery and pilgrimage site is the cathedral “Our Lady”, one of the most important buildings of the late baroque of German style. It was built by master builder Johann Michael Fischer. Munich. (1739-65).
The wonderful ceiling frescoes are by Franz Josef Spiegler, Wangen. Johann Michael Feichtmayr furnished the church with a lavish abundance of unique stucco work. One of the main ornaments of the church is the choir stalls made by Joseph Christian from Riedlingen.

Baroque churches Ehingen

Ehingen is also known as the “city of beautiful churches”, to which the St. Blasius, Liebfrauenkirche and Konviktskirche particularly contribute.

Ulm Minster

It has shaped Ulm and the region for centuries and has become a synonym for the city of Ulm at home and abroad: the Ulm Minster. It owes this prominence above all to its tower, which at 161.53 meters is the highest church tower in the world.

Anyone who climbs the 768 steps to the top viewing platform at 143 meters has a magnificent panoramic view of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg and Neu-Ulm in Bavaria and, when the weather is clear, enjoys a distant view of the Alpine chain.

Mochental Castle

In the rooms of the castle, changing exhibitions of the classical modern and contemporary are shown. Concerts and readings take place in the Nikolauskapelle and in the Hubertussaal. Brooms from all over the world have been exhibited in a broom museum since 1985.

Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle, also known as “Wuerttemberg’s fairytale castle”, is a 19th century castle built in the style of historicism over the town of Honau, municipality of Lichtenstein, in the Reutlingen district of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Today the castle can be visited on a guided tour for an admission fee (without a guided tour, the interior of the castle is not accessible to tourists). Alternatively, there is the possibility of only visiting the castle courtyard, for example to get an impression of various structurally distinctive features such as a cannon tower and others. To provide. Collectibles such as B. various historical artillery pieces (cannons) that are exhibited there.

Sigmaringen Castle

Guided tours through the Hohenzollern Castle in Sigmaringen have been offered since the 19th century. This over 100-year-old tradition is the cornerstone of today’s guided tours through the palace’s state rooms. In contrast to the past, however, the residential palace can now be visited all year round and the doors are open to anyone who is curious.

Hohenneuffen Castle

Today the Hohenneuffen with its restaurant, beer garden and kiosk is a popular destination. Entry to the castle is free. The casemates, some of which are accessible, are worth seeing. With falconry


Castle Hohenzollern

Hohenzollern Castle, the headquarters of our house on the edge of the Swabian Alb, is not a museum in the traditional sense, but a place steeped in history, but also extremely lively, which every year attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. In addition to essential parts of our art collection, including important paintings, precious silver and porcelain as well as the Prussian royal crown, numerous concerts, open-air cinema, exhibitions and one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany make the castle an attractive cultural institution all year round.

Derneck Castle

On a mountain spur above the valley of the Große Lauter not far from Hayingen-Münzdorf – very quiet with nature on all sides, Reutlingen district, UNESCO biosphere area Swabian Alb.

Wimsen cave

The natural monument, also known as the Friedrichshöhle, is the only “active” water cave in Germany and named after Elector Friedrich von Württemberg. It was created with its now known length of over 725 m in the upper mass limestone of the Upper Jura through the cave stream. Take the ferryman 70 m into the mystical interior of the earth and experience the adventure of pure geology!

Schertel Cave

The Schertelshöhle is located in the extreme northwest of the Alb-Danube district on the Laichinger Alb near Westerheim, in a beautiful forest and hiking area. Descend into one of the most impressive show caves in the Swabian Alb and be inspired by the breathtaking stalactite formations. During a 25-minute cave tour, you will be guided through the 212 m long stalactite cave on well-lit and easy-to-walk paths and learn interesting facts about the history of the Schertels cave. Then fortify yourself with a small snack in the cave rest house. There is a barbecue area and a playground in the immediate vicinity.

Laichingen deep cave

The Laichinger Tiefenhöhle is the only shaft cave in Germany that has been expanded into a show cave and is therefore open to the public.
It allows a unique insight into a petrified reef from the Jurassic period. With its shafts, erosion and corrosion forms, fossils and pearl sinter, the Laichinger Tiefenhöhle is an extraordinary geotope.
The cave visit is complemented by the caving museum and the GeoPark information point.

Hollow rock

Since the first major excavation in 1870, the cave has been known among experts as an important archaeological site. Since 1977 the University of Tübingen has been digging in the entrance cave every summer. The site gained worldwide recognition when the “Venus vom Hohle Fels” and the “Geierflöte” were found almost simultaneously during these excavations in 2008, both around 42,500 years old. They are the oldest plastic representation of people and the oldest musical instrument in the world! The excavation now documents a period of 65,000 years, from the settlement by the Neanderthals to finds from the end of the Middle Ages.


The Giengen-Hürben HöhlenErlebnisWelt awaits young and old with a wide range of activities: On a tour of the Charlottenhöhle – at 587 m one of the longest accessible caves in southern Germany – you can experience a true stalactite paradise and learn interesting things about the local karst landscape.

The interactive adventure museum HöhlenSchauLand at the foot of the cave promises an exciting journey through time under the motto “Fascination Höhle.Mensch.Natur”: Immerse yourself in prehistoric times, become an archaeological researcher yourself and slip into their caves with bats. An entertaining transfer of knowledge about the history of the earth is guaranteed in any case.