Rottweil District Offers Germany’s Highest Castle Ruin

Well known for the Rottweiler dog that originated here, the Rottweil district is best known these days for its colorful carnivals and memorable buildings.

Rottweil District Map

Map of the Rottweil District

Towns & Villages in the Rottweil District

One marvelous example is the charming town of Oberndorf am Neckar with its ancient monastery revealing impressive ceiling frescoes.

Schramberg, another local town, has three different castle ruins, the most noteworthy being Falkenstein (“falcon stone”). Unsurprisingly when you consider the name, this is Germany’s highest castle ruin at over 1,200 meters above sea level. Bring your oxygen mask! ;-)

The Schiltach river passes through the town here and it makes a vital contribution to the annual carnival festivities as locals attempt to navigate it in tiny bath tubs!

No mention of the Rottweil district would be complete without a visit the town of the same name, Rottweil, which is reputedly the oldest town in the whole of Baden-Württemberg. It is also one of the best preserved of all with monuments and churches around every corner and further castle ruins at nearby Bernburg. Like Oberndorf am Neckar, it is duly famous for its annual carnival which is a spectacle to behold.

 

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