Our History

1062
The Weitenburg is mentioned for the first time in a document of a Monastery Hirsau in the Black Forest.

from 1437 on
The first owner of the Weitenburg, pledged by document, Hans Pfuser of Nordstetten keen on robbing and fighting, appears in minutes of the royal High Court of Justice in Rottweil.

1583
Jakob von Ehningen builds the main building of the Weitenburg, still recognizeable today by its enormous walls and staircase gables.

1681
The emperor Leopold I from Habsburg raises the Doctor of Both Rights, Jakob ‘Christoph Rassler, into the nobility (baron) status; ever since his descendants can call themselves Baron and Baroness von Gamerschwang, or in daily use Baron and Baroness von Rassler.

1720
Baron Rupert von Rassler purchases the Weitenburg for 43,000 Rhineland guilder, the bill of sale is still in the archieves of the castle today.

from 1730 on
The Weitenburg loses its character as fortress; the castle-moat is built over and the estate changes into a castle residence.

1806
The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation ends after the peace of Pressburg (1805). Friedrich I, as newly crowned King of Württemberg by the graces of Napoleon, seized all the rights of the old empire knighthood, Upper Austria disappears from the map.

1869
The baroque south wing along with the chapel are torn down and replaced by a construction in the Neo-Gothic style.

1922
His Excellency, Baron Maximilian Rudolph von Rassler, royal Chamberlain and Senior Steward for the last Queen of Württemberg, passes away.

1954
His grandson, Agrarian Engineer Baron Max-Richard von Rassler (Sr.), at that time 25 years old, opens Schloss Weitenburg for paying guests – at first as a restaurant, than later as a hotel.

1998
The Red Parlor becomes the show piece of the castle, the first marriage room for civil marriages in a private castle in Baden-Württemberg.

2001 to present
Baron Max-Richard von Rassler (Jr.) is the owner of Schloss Weitenburg in the ninth generation and he himself attends to the demands of the hotel and restaurant.