The Museum in the New Castle Tettnang is a must if you are travelling to southern Germany, to the Lake Constance area, and want to discover more than just nature. Tettnang is a town in the back-country of Lake Constance, from where you can overlook the Lake even to Switzerland and the mountains. The city with nearly 19 000 inhabitants is world famous since ages for the cultivation of hops, that refine beers around the world with aromatic tastes. Apart from agriculture, Tettnang is also known for its technology industry, but also for a deep and interesting history. One attraction is the “New Castle”, the former residence of the Counts of Montfort. Unfortunately the castle burned down to its reinforced ground walls in 1753, just about 40 years after Count Anton III von Montfort ordered the construction. A short time later they started to rebuilt it the way it still looks nowadays. The reconstrucion and decoration of the interior is made by one of the famous artists of that time from the Lake Constance area; Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer as well as Joseph Johann Kauffmann and his daughter Angelika.
The Residential Castle of the Counts of Montfort is located on a hill in the historic city center of Tettnang. As the City wasn’t destroyed during the second world war you are still able to wander along the historic alleyways and the old historic houses. The City Center of Tettnang with many smaller shops, restaurants and cafés is located just one minute from the New Castle by foot, so everything is really easy to reach. In total there are even three castles in Tettnang, but more on them another time. It’s possible to visit the New Castle in Tettnang itself on (almost) every day of the year, as there is a local court located inside as well as many events and festivities going on on a regular basis. The Museum in the New Castle Tettnang is open every day from Thursday to Tuesday, from 11 am to 5 pm, with guided tours every full hour. I’ve visited the Museum on a special themed tour, with the Countess and her maid as guides. If you have the possibility and understand german, join this tour, it’s so hilarious! If you are a smaller or bigger group you can even book individual tours, or if you have kids they can celebrate their birthday in the historic rooms, as princesses and princes. Following a few Pictures of the Museum inside the Residential Castle of the Counts of Montfort in Tettnang.
Address New Castle Tettnang
Opening times: every year from March till October 31st, each Thursday to Tuesday from 11 am to 5 pm, hourly guided tours (closed on wednesdays).
Highlight: in the winter season there is a exhibition of christmas crips in the New Castle Tettnang and a charming Christmas Market around the Castle for 3 weekends