Schwendi-Schloss by Jörg Holtermann

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The “Schwendi-Schloss” is also known as “Ruine Burkheim” (Ruin Burkheim) and “Neues Schloss” (New Castle) and is located in the city of Vogtsburg-Burkheim [Vogtsburg was created in 1975 through the unification of 7 villages and towns in the Kaiserstuhl – before that unification Burkheim was the only town with town privileges which it carried since 1330).

The castle of Burkheim in its first incarnation was already mentioned in 1231 (probably finished around the year 1000) and was completely destroyed during the German peasants war of 1524-1525. Before that it belonged to several lords – among those mentioned in chronicles are the Margraves of Hachberg and the Lords of Üsenberg.
1561 Lazarus von Schwendi took over the castle ( given to him for his services for Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor and a 10,000 Gulden collateral) and rebuilt it in Renaissance style, a project that took until 1580 to be finished.

After some partial destructions and following reconstructions French troops finally destroyed the castle during the course of the Anglo-Dutch War in 1672 [during that time Burkheim was under Austrian rule just like parts of the Netherlands, and as such involved in the war]. Only parts of the city & castle wall and the main building’s outer walls remained standing (two other buildings of similar size have “vanished”).

This ruin is regionally important as it is the only Renaissance castle (ruin) remaining in the south of Baden (s-w Germany).


Location: Burkheim, Germany


  • SirDidymus
    SirDidymusabout 7 years ago

    thats lovely the way you’ve got the ruin to stand out from the background like that.

    What were the town privileges?

  • Town privileges cover a couple of things, taxation among them, but the most important were probably the right to hold markets and the right to found guilds.

    – Jörg Holtermann

  • SirDidymus
    SirDidymusabout 7 years ago

    Oh, so you couldn’t just do those things? Thats a strange thought, but I suppose it’d make the villages/towns work harder to try and get those privileges

  • Working for these rights wasn’t all that easy as they were granted by the ruler of the country – in case of Germany by the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (of German Nations – to give the complete title).

    I forgot another very important point: A medieval city with these rights had a certain independence in self-governing, they could make their own laws and partially change/adapt national laws for the needs of their city.

    – Jörg Holtermann

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...almost 7 years ago

    excellent depth here…lighting is perfect!

  • vgbg
    vgbgalmost 6 years ago

    another great shot

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