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Castle of Derneck

The hiker´s inn “Castle of Derneck” is situated at a height of 655 m a.s.l. at the Great Lauter valley between the villages of Münsingen and Zwiefalten. One of Germany´s leading hiking trails (the Black Forest – Swabian-Jura-Allgäu trail) is crossing at the castle. The middle part of this trail is also called “castle and ruined castle trail”. The castle was built by Degenhart I. of Degeneck around 1340. Until the 16th century the castle was therefore called “castle of Degeneck”. In 1546 the castle became possession of the Earls of Helfenstein and in 1627 it was descended to the House of Fürstenberg. From 1627 to 1768 there was a lot of changement in possession, sometimes the castle was even put in pawn until it was bought again by the House of Fürstenberg in 1768 whom then established a forester´s house with a little farm. The State of Wurttemberg bought the castle in 1928 and established a nursery which was supervised by head forester Alfons Wahl, who lived at the castle . ou can still see the curtain wall of the original castle, the “stone house” with viewing platform, the Forester´s house which today is the hiker´s inn and the barn. In 1967 the Swabian hikers Association (Schwäbischer Albverein) took over the castle in a long term lease. In uncountable voluntary hours the castle was renovated and reconstructed as a hikers´inn. It was inaugurated on 26. Mai 1968 by the former president of the association Georg Fahrenbach.








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