Münsingen, The county of Reutlingen
The Treaty of Münsingen was signed at Schloss Münsingen on December 14 in 1482 and established the indivisibility of Württemberg. Thus, the contract ended the 40-year division of the country and constituted the foundation for the elevation of the County of Württemberg to a duchy in 1495. As important as the Treaty of Münsingen was to the history of Württemberg, very little is known about the Schloss Münsingen itself. A so-called “Altes Schloss” is mentioned in the contract and was, according to sources, rebuilt in 1485 and from then on used to store vegetables and other goods. From the 16th to the 19th century the castle was expanded and housed stables, the tax office and the district court. Even nowadays, the Schloss Münsingen accommodates state administration offices as well as the city’s museum, which holds an interesting collection on the history and culture of Münsingen.