Castles Near Freiburg im Breisgau

There are many castles near Freiburg that you can visit. The German city Freiburg im Breisgau (better known as just Freiburg) is a university town on the Western edge of the Black Forest.

The Black Forest is a popular holiday destination in Germany. And there is plenty to see here, including beautiful castles but also some special ruined castles.

Next to the popular Black Forest and its hiking trails and scenery. Freiburg is also close to the wine region of Baden. And combine this with the historic castles near Freiburg and you have found yourself a perfect holiday spot in Germany.

Castles in Freiburg

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Schloss Ebnet

Ebnet Castle is a baroque manor house in Freiburg. The castle was built in 1748 and several (local) Baroque artists worked on the castle. From sandstone sculptures by Christian Wentzinger (which are now in the City Museum). And ceiling paintins by Benedikt Gambs.

Since 1811 the Barons of Gayling von Altheim live in the castle. And today they host events (such as a Christmas market, gardenshow, theatre and chamber music). The castleis also an exclusive wedding venue.

Address: Schwarzwaldstrae 278, 79117 Freiburg i. Br.

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Colombischlössle Freiburg

The Colombi Palace is a large manor house in the centre of Freiburg im Breisgau. The palace is built between 1859 and 1861 for Duches Maria Antonia Gertrudis von Zea Bermudez y Colombi.

The palace is built in Gothic Tudor-style inspired by English historic mansions. With a park in English landscape gaden style. Today the palace houses the Archaeological Museum in Freiburg.

Address: Rotteckring 5, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau

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Schloss Kageneck

Castle Kagenech is a 17th century Renaissance castle built by Johann Friedrich von Kagenech. Parts of the castle are rebuilt in Baroque style in the 18th century. And the facade has Rococo elements.

Today the castle houses a winery.

Address: Schloss Kageneck, 79112 Freiburg im Breisgau

Castles near Freiburg

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Burg Badenweiler

Badenweiler Castle (also known as Burg Baden/Castle Baden) stands high on a hill, overlooking the spa town Badenweiler and the Badenweiler Kurpark (the spa gardens).

Though the castle first appears in the records in the 12th century. The town Badenweiler is much older than that. Even in Roman times there was a spa in Badenweiler. These bath ruins are important Roman remains in Baden-Württemberg.

The oldest part of the castle is the Great Hall (or Palas) with late Romanesque arched windows. Though most of the castle was destroyed in the 17th century Dutch War. It is still a trip worth taking.

The hill on which the castle stands has many sights. Including a monument to Grand Duke Friedrich I. A garden with medicinal herbs, and The Belvedere, a Neoclassical summerhouse that is now a wedding venue.

Address: Schloßgäßle, 79410 Badenweiler

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Schloss Heitersheim

Heitersheim Castle is one of the finest castles in the Markgräferland. It was once a watercastle and has been the residence of the clergy. But it was also the seat of Princes and Chancellors, making it an important Castle in the region.

The Renaissance and Baroque castle is now a museum and can be visited. Around the castle are beautiful Baroque gardens.

Address: Staufener Str. 1, 79423 Heitersheim

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Markgrafenschloss Emmendingen

The Renaissance castle is located on the edge of the historic city center of Emmendingen. Originally it was built as a courtyard for the Tennenbach Monastery. But in 1588 Margrave Jacob III transformed it into a castle residence. Today the castle houses the Hirsmüller Photography Museum.

Address: Schloßplatz 1, 79312 Emmendingen


The Jesuit Castle is a stately home in Merzhausen. The house was built in the 17th century and the jesuits who taught at the universite of Freiburg used to live here. When tey left in 1773 the house was used as a residence for several nobel families.

Today the castle houses a winery and there is also a restaurant with a view of Freiburg.

Address: Jesuitenschloß 1, 79249 Merzhausen

Ruined Castles near Freiburg

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Zähringer Burg

Zähringen Castle is a ruined castle near Freiburg. Only the 13th century round towers remains of what was once the ancestral seat of the Zähringer Alemannic noble family. There is an observation platform on top of the tower. And there’s also a restaurant near the tower.

Address: Schloßhaldenweg, 79194 Gundelfingen, Germany

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The Kastelburg was built between 1250 and 1260 by the Barons von Schwarzenberg. The castle was meant to defent the city Waldkirch. During the Thirty-Year-War the castle was ruined.

There is a hiking trail which leads you to the ruined castle. And you can still climb the tower of the Kastelburg. In Waldkirch there is another ruined castle: Schwarzenburg. Less is remained of this castle but you can visit the ruin.

Address: 79183 Waldkirch, Baden-Württemberg, Duitsland

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