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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