Lichtenstein Castle is located about 39 kilometres (24.2 miles) northeast of Hohenzollern Castle and about 59 kilometres (36.7 miles) south of the city Stuttgart. It is worth a visit, if you are in the region.
Once the ancestral seat of the Knights of Lichtenstein, the castle today is owned by the Dukes of Urach, since the last lord died without an heir in a battle in 1687. The first building at the present location was built around 1390 and was considered as one of the best-fortified fortresses of the Middle Ages. However, after 1567 it lost its role as a ducal seat and fell into disrepair until the year 1802. During this time, the building was dismantled to its foundations and replaced by a rather humble hunting lodge. In the year 1837, the land was then bought by Duke Wilhelm of Urach, which let the castle rebuild from 1840 to 1842 in its current Neo-Gothic form.
Today, the castle is open to the public for a small fee on every day from April to October. In November, February and March, it is only open on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, it is possible to participate in a guided tour during this time. In January though, the castle is closed. For more information, take a look on the website of Lichtenstein Castle.
The most famous view, the castle on the rocky slope, is only visible from the courtyard.