About us

At Schloss Weitenburg, you experience a unique place with tradition and history.

Our History

The Weitenburg is mentioned for the first time in a document from the Hirsau Abbey in the Black Forest.

from 1437
The first documented owner of the Weitenburg appears, the plunderous and quarrelsome Hans Pfuser von Nordstädten, in the records of the Imperial Court in Rottweil.

Jakob von Ehningen erects the main building of the Weitenburg, still recognizable today by its mighty walls and stepped gables.

Emperor Leopold I raises Doctor of both laws, Jacob Christoph Raßler, to the baronial rank; henceforth his descendants may call themselves Baron, Baroness, or Baronesse von Raßler von Gamerschwang, commonly referred to as Baron, Baroness, or Baronesse von Raßler.

Baron Rupert von Raßler acquires the Weitenburg for 43,000 Rhenish guilders, the purchase contract remains in the castle’s archives to this day.

from 1730
The Weitenburg loses its character as a fortified castle, the moat is built over, and the complex is transformed into a residential palace.

After the Peace of Pressburg (1805), the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation comes to an end. Friedrich I, newly crowned King of Württemberg by Napoleon’s grace, seizes all the rights of the old Imperial Knighthood, and Further Austria disappears from the map.

The baroque south wing including the chapel is demolished and replaced by a building in neo-Gothic style.

His Excellency, Baron Maximilian Rudolph von Raßler, royal chamberlain and chief steward of the last Queen of Württemberg, closes his eyes forever.

His grandson, Agricultural Engineer Baron Max Richard von Raßler (sen.), then 25 years old, opens Schloss Weitenburg to paying guests – initially as a restaurant, later also as a hotel.

The Red Salon, the grand room of the castle, becomes the first wedding room for civil weddings in a private castle in Baden-Württemberg.

since 2001
Baron Max-Richard von Raßler (jun.) is the owner of Schloss Weitenburg in the ninth generation and personally manages the affairs of the hotel and restaurant.

Weitenburg Geschichte


1640 – 1705

Gave the title „Baron“ to the family Rassler
in 1681 and franchised his imperial „L“ to chancelor Christoph Rassler into the armorial of the family.

1692 – 1770

Bought the castle Weitenburg in 1720 and paid 43.000 rhenish guilder.

1700 – 1768

Wife of the purchaser of the Weitenburg.
Widow of Anton Baron Hohenberg, last male descendant of Archduke Ferdinand II. of Austria.

1856 – 1922

Chamberlain and constable of Queen Charlotte, last Queen of Württemberg.

Kupfermanufaktur Weyersberg

Copper manufactory Weyersberg

The manufactory you can find at Schloss Weitenburg in splendid location high above the Neckar river valley in the small town of Starzach.
You would like to know more about the noble metal copper? We suggest a visit at the castle or a look at the website.

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