Some of the places we like to visit now were accidental findings. One of these places is the small town of Bad Teinach-Zavelstein. We were on our way to the town of Calw when we we got lost and ended up at this town. We were close though, in fact we were only 6 km away from Calw.
Bad Teinach-Zavelstein is located in the district of Calw in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It’s 53 km from Stuttgart airport or a 43 minute drive. It’s a very small town. A visit should take no more than 2 hours. From the small town square (picture with May Pole), it’s a short walk (about 5 minutes) to the ruins of Zavelstein Castle.
There are interesting sights to see on the way to the ruins. My favorite is the town hall fountain or Rathausbrunnen from the 1620.
There’s a small blacksmiths’ work room located on the ground floor of a house. Visitors will easily miss it if not aware of its existence. Blacksmiths were an important part of this place.
Kids can play at the Kinderspielplatz or children’s playground right outside the castle ruins.
Most of our visit was spent wandering up and down, and around the grounds. There’s just something about ruins that’s as interesting as well-preserved castles. Picturing how it used to look and how people lived when it was whole is half the fun of the experience.
The castle was around 1200 as Staufer Castle. It was destroyed by French troops in 1692 and has not been rebuilt since then.
There are two cellars (appropriately named the large castle cellar or Großer Burgkeller and the small castle cellar or Kleiner Burgkeller). I didn’t check out the small one because there was something creepy about it which gave me the chills.
The ruins are open all year round from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter.
Climbing to the top of the tower only costs 50 cents for adult and 25 cents for children. This is based on the honor system. There’s a small box to the right of the entrance for visitors to put their money. There are approximately 145 steps going up.
The 360 degree view from the top of the tower is amazing. Parts of the ruins, town, and Black Forest can be seen from here.
The ruins of Zavelstein Castle may be small compared to other ruins but this is one of my family’s favorite place to visit when most places are closed on Sundays and holidays. If visiting Stuttgart, this place can easily be included on the itinerary for the day along with a visit to Calw, Nagold, Bad Wildbad (Treetop Walk with giant slide) and Waldenbuch (Ritter Sport Factory and Museum). These places are less than an hour away from Bad Teinach-Zavelstein.
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Have a good evening!