Hohenheim Castle

For the district inside the city of Stuttgart, see Hohenheim.
Hohenheim Castle
Schloss Hohenheim
Location in Baden-Württemberg
Schloss Hohenheim
Location in Baden-Württemberg
General information
Type Schloss (Castle)
Architectural style Rococo
Classification Schloss
Location Hohenheim
Address Schloß Hohenheim 1, 70599 Stuttgart, S-Plieningen[1]
Town or city Stuttgart
Country Germany
Coordinates 48°42′43″N 9°12′50.6″E / 48.71194°N 9.214056°E / 48.71194; 9.214056Coordinates: 48°42′43″N 9°12′50.6″E / 48.71194°N 9.214056°E / 48.71194; 9.214056
Named for 1772
Client University of Hohenheim
Design and construction
Architect Reinhard Heinrich Ferdinand Fischer[1]

Schloss Hohenheim is a castle located in the Hohenheim district of Stuttgart. The castle was constructed by order of Duke Carl Eugen and designed by Reinhard Heinrich Ferdinand Fischer from 1772 to 1793 for his future wife, Franziska von Hohenheim. Today, the castle grounds are home to the University of Hohenheim and is surrounded by Hohenheim Gardens.


The first mentioning of Hohenheim (albeit under the name "Hohenach") occurred in 1100 by Egilof of Hohenach when Hirsau Abbey donated some land to the castle. Over the centuries, the castle repeatedly changed owners until falling into possession of Charles Eugene, Duke of Württemberg in 1768.

Duke Charles initially constructed a small moated castle, but later turned it into a summer home in 1776. Later that same year, the Duke announced that he was planning a "Full English Dörfle," which wound up becoming a full sized Rococo manor. The gardens around the castle were also planned at this time. They featured pillars depicting the Roman gods Jupiter (god) and a playhouse now used as a museum by the University of Hohenheim. The gardens continued to be maintained and many exotic plants were added. The Duke commissioned an extensive residential palace to be built on the grounds of Hohenheim in 1782 until construction halted in 1793 due to the Duke's death at Hohenheim.

Only about 20 years later did the castle regain a greater significance when King Wilhelm I of Württemberg and his wife Catherine founded the Agricultural Educational Testing and Model Institution, which was housed in a separate building on the castle and the Paracelsus School was housed in the east wing much later.

During World War II, a wing of the castle was destroyed, but was rebuilt (at least the exterior of the wing). In the 1970s, the castle was restored and modernized and the rococo plaster removed. The 1990s saw the return of this plaster to lock once again.

Current use

Today, the University of Hohenheim uses large portions of the castle grounds. The Horticulture and Agriculture Departments of the University have been found on the castle grounds since 1818.[1] The Kavaliersbau German: Squire's lodge, the University of Hohenheim established a canteen in 1918 that was converted into a restaurant in 1958.[2]





Pdf Hohenheim University for historical trail, circa October 11, 2013

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