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"Neues Schloss - New Castle" Ingolstadt Things to Do Tip by Kathrin_E

Ingolstadt Things to Do: 54 reviews and 171 photos

  Neues Schloss, riverside facade
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  • Neues Schloss, riverside facade - Ingolstadt
      Neues Schloss, riverside facade
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  • Courtyard and gate tower - Ingolstadt
      Courtyard and gate tower
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  • Monument of Ludwig the Bearded and castle - Ingolstadt
      Monument of Ludwig the Bearded and castle
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  • Cannons in the gateway - Ingolstadt
      Cannons in the gateway
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  • The big storage from the courtyard - Ingolstadt
      The big storage from the courtyard
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The castle is named the "new" because it was new in the 15th century. In 1392 the Duchy of Bavaria was divided among three heirs and Ingolstadt became a ducal residence. The present castle, Herzogskasten, was suitable for occasional stays but too small to accommodate a permanent court. Duke Ludwig der Gebratete ("the Bearded") decided to build a new castle on the southeastern corner of the town close to the river. His sister Isabeau was the Queen of France and Ludwig was well used to court life in more powerful and fashionable countries. So he started an ambitious project for his new home. The castle was only finished two generations later, though.

The front of the main palace with the three towers is an eyecatcher from the other side of the river. The front is not regular. The main tower is attached diagonally to the corner of the building. This seems to be a local fashion - compare the steeples of Münster church.

The main palace and a number of economy buildings surround a wide rectangular court. Access is either from Ludwigstraße, the main pedestrian street of the old town, over the bridge and through the baroque gate tower, or from the river bank up some stairs. The courtyard is free to access during the day but closed at nighttime.

The main palace hosts the Bavarian Army Museum (see separate tip).

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  • Updated Jan 15, 2011
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