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Lichtenstein Castle (Schloß Lichtenstein) is one of the major attractions of the Swabian Jura of southern Germany. It was designed by Carl Alexander Heideloff and built in 1840-1842. The ruins of the medieval Burg Alt-Lichtenstein that has existed since 1100 can be seen nearby. The castle is located at an altitude of 817m (2,680 ft). It sits about 250 m (820 ft) above the Echaz river. The outer wall of the castle is built on the edge of a cliff and offers truly breathtaking views. The castle is open every day from March to December, except for the Christmas holidays.
The castle served as a hunting lodge and was built in a pseudo-medieval style, which was popular in the 19th century. Author Wilhelm Hauff had described medieval life in the original castle in his novel Lichtenstein. Then a local ruler, Wilhelm Graf von Württemberg became inspired to build a real one.