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Schloss Dellmensingen about 30 KM South of Ulm.


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Thank you so much for sharing this information with me, and other members.
I enjoyed learning more about the castle and who lived there. Every old building
has a story, and it is wonderful to learn about who did what and when it was done.


PS. That photo was taking with the extreme edge on the right of the photo. There is only a small part of the building not in there. There are three windows in what became the pool room. Looking directly above at the roof, you can see where it ends. I have other photos that I will post as puzzles.

Hi Bib,

I lived there for a period of about 8 months. Here's what I can add to what you know.

Yes it was as you describe. There was a gate and wall that framed in courtyard. Another property across from the castle was originally the stables and it became a set of apartments. I met one of the owners of those flats. It was the only other building besides the castle at that time.

In the early 1970's a gentleman by the name of Alex Heilmeyer from Ulm bought it as a ruin. His profession was installing swimming pools. He was looking for a barn to make a business out of and somebody set him upon this ruin. It had been owned by the village of Dellmensingen who had operated it as an old folks home starting in the 1950's. It fell into disuse in the early 1960's

When he took possession there were trees growing inside the lower level and the solid stone flooring was a wreck (nothing was level). He purchased it for a small amount of money and set upon restoring it, with the help of his children. They felled trees on the property to make flooring and other furniture. There was a cabinet maker shop on the 3rd floor that was used to make all of the built-in furniture.

By the time of his death in 2007, about 90 percent of the building was restored. There was a small hall room on the 2nd floor that was still unusable but stable. It was right above the swimming pool on the lower level.

Now going back in time from the 1950's. A family associated with the Von Stauffenburg family (not connected with the famous count!) vacated it in the 1930's and offered it to the National Socialist regime. They lived nearby in Erbach. In the early 1940's it was used as a "Zwangsaltenheim." (forced retirement home). It was advertised heavily in Stuttgart for jewish families to have a nice "vacation in a castle" It became a clearing house for people being sent to Theriesianstadt and the like. In fact there was a railroad track that ran to the back of the castle. As of 2007 there was still track remnants in Dellmensingen, but no longer on the property.

At the close of the war, the previous owner denied any association with ownership and it reverted to the village.

From what the daughter told me, at various times members of that family have peeked in to see what had happened with the renovations.


Dellmensingen Castle is an early Baroque castle in the Upper Swabian village of Dellmensingen, now part of the city of Erbach, in the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany.

The interior of the castle has been separated into a number of flats and a business centre which offers office space for small companies.

Dellmensingen Castle is a plain and unadorned three-storey stone building, covered
by a gabled roof, it was built in 1685, and the Grundherr was the von Werdenstein family. Originally, there were two castles.

The owner of the village, Johann Karl von Stotzingen, canon at Augsburg and Regensburg,
died without there being a male successor in 1647, Ellwangen Abbey, which had seignory
over the Lower Castle attempted to expand its rights over the whole village, including
the Upper Castle.

This claim, however, was rejected by Emperor Ferdinand III whereupon the ownership
of the Upper Castle together with its rights over the village went to Georg Heinrich von Werdenstein, an official in the service of Kempten Abbey, in 1657. Consequently,
Dellmensingen became the main seat of residence for the Barons of Werdenstein.
The dilapidated Lower Castle was rebuilt in Baroque style in 1685. It consisted not only
of the actual castle building but also of stables, barns, bakery, a cowshed and other
agricultural buildings, surrounded by castle walls. The photo shown is the back of the
castle, this must also have held the above. There is a photo on Wikipedia that shows
the front of the castle, I think this photo above is more of a side view as the building
is much longer than it is wide.

1796 fell Dellmensingen as a completed fief back to Austria. Under Maria Theresa,
the Danube was the border between Austria and W├╝rttemberg (Erbach).

When the last member of the family, Anton Christoph von Werdenstein, died
without a male issue. The fiefdom of Dellmensingen returned to the
Emperor Ferdinand III, mentioned above.

Ferdinand III von Habsburg, Kaiser is my mother's 6th cousin 11 times removed.

Love old castles, have quite a few in my mother's ancestry, some in ruins, others like
country clubs as they have been kept up. Very unusual castle, looks like a monastery,
a nunnery, school or an orphanage. At least every room has a view. :-)

Thanks for sharing. Bib