Geopark

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UNESCO Globaler GeoPark Schwäbische Alb

A Hohenstaufen castle dating back to the 12th century

Burg Katzenstein, a historical Hohenstaufen castle dating back to the 12th century with its romantic 14th century castle chapel, is probably one of the oldest castles in south Germany. It is situated on the lower Härtsfeld plateau between the wildly romantic Katzenbach stream and the Egautal (Egau Valley).

Building styles and building materials of the various sections of the castle bear witness to an eventful history and diverse geology. The castle is mainly constructed from light- and dark-coloured limestone. The frames of the windows and doors of the medieval part of Burg Katzenstein are made of a somewhat porous stone which is distinctly different in both structure and appearance from the limestones of the Swabian Alb. This is suevite, the Swabian stone, which is linked with the Ries meteorite crater nearby. The suevite was investigated in 1960, solving the mystery of how the crater was formed.

Geopark

Opening hours:

Daily except Mondays from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Guided tour at 11 a.m., 2, 3 and 4 p.m., groups welcome at any time by
prior arrangement (evening tours)

Oberer Weiler 1-3
89561 Dischingen
Tel.: +49 (0) 73 26 - 91 96 56 | Fax.: +49 (0) 73 26 - 96 35 24
www.burgkatzenstein.de | info@burgkatzenstein.de

 

The Geopark information centres

The following information is available at the Geopark information centres on:
~ offers at the Geoparks
~ the geology, flora and fauna of the Alb
~ Stone Age man
~ the striking of the meteorite on the Alb.
Each Geopark information centre, however, has its own special focus.

Aalen Geopark information centres in the Urweltmuseum Aalen
Albstadt Geopark information centres in the museum in Kräuterkasten
Bad Boll/Göppingen Geopark information centres im Kurhaus
Bad Urach Geopark information centres in the Entdeckerwelt Bad Urach
Blaubeuren Geopark information centres im Urgeschichtlichen Museum
Dischingen Geopark information centres auf der Burg Katzenstein
Dotternhausen Geopark information centres im Werkforum der Firma Holcim
Ehingen Geopark information centres in the Museum Ehingen
Gerstetten Geopark information centres im Riffmuseum
Giengen/Hürben Geopark information centres im HöhlenHaus
Laichingen Geopark information centres an der Tiefenhöhle
Münsingen Geopark information centres im Zentrum für Natur, Umwelt und Tourismus im Bahnhof
Neuhausen ob Eck Geopark information centres in the Freilichtmuseum Neuhausen ob Eck
Rammingen Höhle des Löwenmenschen
Schopfloch Geopark information centres in the Naturschutzzentrum
Sonnenbühl Geopark information centres in the Bärenhöhle und Nebelhöhle
Sontheim Geopark information centres in the Schloss Brenz
Steinheim am Albuch Geopark information centres im Meteorkratermuseum
Trochtelfingen Geopark information centres im Kundenzentrum der Firma ALB-GOLD
Trossingen Geopark information centres in the Museum Auberlehaus
Ulm Geopark information centres in the Naturkundliches Bildungszentrum


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