Landmark of the late Middle Ages
There are stone traces of Hirschhorn Castle’s impressive transformation to the building it is now, but this is one of the most typical examples of late Middle Age fortifications in the Neckar-Odenwald region today. Strategically located, it offers guests panoramic views over the Neckar valley.
Work on the castle began in the middle of the 13th century, after which it was steadily expanded. The mighty shield wall and remains of the residential building from the first construction phase have been preserved. The castle keep, visible from afar, dates from the 14th century. In the castle chapel, the remnants of murals show scenes from the Passion of Christ. At the end of the 16th century, the castle was given a more palatial character; the façade of the "Hatzfeld Building" impressed with its Renaissance elements. The extinction of the lords of Hirschhorn led to the castle’s decline from the 17th century onwards. In 1959, it was converted into a castle hotel, which makes it an attractive destination for excursions today.