Moritz and I are exploring more and more fun things along the Neckar these days. Today, we found the last standing ruins of a castle within the boarders of Stuttgart: Burgruine Hofen
It’s very easy to reach, just take the U-Bahn to Auwiesen, cross the bridge and you can already spot the ruins on the other side of the Neckar.
You have to climb up some stairs…
… before you can step into what is left of “Burg Hofen”.
The castle was built around the year 1250 and burned down during the Thirty Years’ War. In 1783 lots of the stones were broken down from the ruin and reused to build the church St. Barbara and other buildings in Hofen. The city of Stuttgart bought the ruin in 1999 and restored it as much as possible.
The ruin of Castle Hofen make a nice destination for a short excursion. Plus, there is a beer garden nearby . Just step down the stairs again…
… and follow the Neckar downwards. You will find the beer garden “Neckarblick” after a few minutes on your right, just before you reach the pedestrian bridge which brings you on the other side of the river again. There you can hop into the U-Bahn again as the station “"Mühlhausen” is located right in front of you.