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Burg Katzenstein die Stauferburg
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The Museum

Katzenstein Castle is a historic Staufer castle from the 12th century and with its Romanesque castle chapel from the 13th century probably one of the oldest castles in southern Germany. We would like to invite you to a journey through time at Katzenstein Castle.
Castle Katzenstein towers impressively on a high rock with its ring wall, palace and keep rise mightily on a rock. The keep in particular seems to have grown into the rock with its enormous humpbacked ashlars.
The tower contains an open stone chimney from Romanesque times, in whose mantle a cat and a lily are carved as heraldic symbols.
Characterised by Romanesque style, the castle complex is also a prime example of a fortified complex with several inner courtyards, battlements and bastions.
The 12th century palace and the mighty barrel vault on the lowest floor, which spans the 23 m deep castle well hewn into the rock, as well as the Romanesque castle chapel dedicated to St. Lawrence, are contemporary witnesses to this unique Staufen castle complex.
According to legend, twelve chests filled with gold and precious stones are buried on Katzenstein, but the castle ghost Valerian guards them so well that the treasure will probably remain hidden for eternity.

Focal points

Folklore , History, Food & Drink, Interesting for children, Palaces & Castles


Oberer Weiler 1-3
89561 Dischingen - Katzenstein
+49 7362 919656

Opening hours

Museum from 15 March - 02 November daily except Monday from 10:00 - 19:00. Month . (Easter and Whit Monday open)
Castle tours at 11:00 + 14:00 + 16:00 are free and included in the admission price.
11. November - 26. Dezember only open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 - 17:00. Guided tours of the castle at 11:00 + 14:00 are free of charge and included in the entrance fee.
Visits also possible without a guide. Guided tour possible, or with audio guide.
Castle - gastronomy shoots to the times of the museum: 10:00 -18:00 o'clock, // 10:00 - 17:00 o'clock
Warm cuisine throughout. Regional specialities, as well as snacks, coffee and cake.


Adults € 5.00, children, pensioners, students, people with disabilities € 4.00, children under 3 years free. Guided tours of the castle are free of charge. Admission prices may change during events, see www.burgkatzenstein.de.

Guided tours

Rundgang durch die Burg Katzenstein - Eltern haften für ihre Kinder.Die Erlebnisburg Katzenstein aus dem 12. Jahrhundert – ein echtes JuwelDie Burg auf der Spitze des Felsens ist eine der ältesten romanischen Burganlagen Süddeutschlands. Sie hat den Charakter und das Aussehen einer Ritterburg aus der Stauferzeit und wurde erstmal im Jahre 777 erwähnt. Der älteste Teil der Burganlage, der Turm, auch Bergfried oder Katzenturm genannt diente als Wach- und Wohnturm und war zum Schutz des Klosters Neresheim sowie für die Überwachung des vor ihm liegenden Egau- und Katzenbach-Tals, sowie der an der Burg vorbei führenden Landstraße von Dillingen- Augsburg nach Italien. Der Name der Burg Katzenstein, beruht sich auf einen Wendenkönigssohn namens Chakaz. Die Wenden trugen die Katze als Symbol der Freiheit und der Unbezähmbarkeit in ihrem Schild.Die Legende vom KatzensteinschatzIm Mai 1737 forschte der Kapuzinerpater Guido unter Assistenz von 2 weltlichen Notaren im Schloss 4 Wochen lang nach den angeblich hier vergrabenen 12 Truhen, gefüllt mit Gold und Edelsteinen. Der gute Burggeist Baldrian, der den Schatz behütet, fiel jedoch über ihn her und zerzauste ihn von Kopf bis Fuß. Nur durch die Geister von Westerstetten wurde er vom sicheren Tod gerettet.


Due to Corona there are no events at the moment.
Guided tour of the castle at 11:00 + 14:00 + 17:00
Whitsun Knights' Tournament with medieval market and camp life Opening hours: Sat. and Sun. from 11:00 - 23:00 // Mon. 11:00 - 19:00 Knight tournament Sat. + Sun. at 14:00 // Night tournament with fire show at 21:30
Knights tournament Mo. at 13:00 h + 17:00 h
07 + 08 + 28 August 2021 Game days - board games of the Middle Ages
02 + 03 October 2021 Garden dreams at Katzenstein Castle. A market with emotions.
04 + 05 + 11 + 12 + 18 + 19 December 2021 Romantic Christmas at Katzenstein Castle
Large indoor Christmas market and lively castle courtyard.

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