Title: Lichtenstein Castle
- Artist: Carl Alexander Heideloff
- Date: 1840
- Material: White stone
- Size:817 metres
- Lichtenstein Castle is a castle built on a cliff located near Honau on the Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Historically, there has been a castle on the site since around 1200. However, It was twice destroyed, once in the Reichskrieg’s War of 1311 and again by the city-state of Reutlingen in 1381. In 1802, the empty land was given to King Frederick I of Württemberg, who constructed a hunting lodge in the castles place. By 1837, the land had passed to his nephew Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg, who, inspired by Wilhelm Hauff’s novel Lichtenstein, presented the current castle in 1840.
- The romantic fairy tale like design of the castle was created by the architect Carl Alexander Heideloff. He was born in Stuttgart, and was son of the painter Victor Peter Heideloff. Heideloff initially studied at the Stuttgart Academy of Arts, then spent five years working as an architect in Coburg. Heideloff typically worked with the Gothic style of architecture, and the buildings restored by him at Nuremberg and in its neighborhood demonstrate both his original skill and his clarity of taste. He also achieved some success as a painter using watercolours. Heideloff died unfortunately, at Hassfurt in 1865.
- I chose this piece are architecture for my collection because it is very majestic and it looks like something from a movie. The detail in the building in impeccable and its location really emphasizes its beauty. Viewing this building brings you to the setting of a fairy tale and to have it in the world today is a blessing.