Wittlingen (Bad Urach), The county of Reutlingen
The castle was first mentioned as such in 1251 when it was sold to Württemberg. However, written sources from around 1200 suggest that it must be significantly older. For example, a certain Burchardus de Witlingin can be traced back to around 1090, who could have built Hohenwittlingen. Until the 13th century the castle belonged to the County of Achalm. In 1248, Bishop Eberhard of Constance appears to have owned it, but he must have sold it to Württemberg as early as 1251. This made the Hohenwittlingen the first castle of the Württemberg family in the Ermstal. As a result, it became important to the Württemberg rule and remained in their control until the 15th century. From then on, it lost its importance and, among other things, was a place of refuge to Johannes Brenz, who wrote a controversial comment on Psalm 93 in 1548 and with that founded the Württemberg Catechism. In 1576 the castle burned down, but was then restored to serve as a prison. In more recent times, the castle gained traction as David Friedrich Weinland, who lived on a farm close by, wrote the book “Rulaman,” whose action takes place around the Hohenwittlingen and especially in the caves situated nearby. The Hohenwittlingen in its current form was restored from 1953 to 1963.
Burg Hohenwittlingen von Horst Guth, Cinecopter