The Guttenberg Castle was built in the Staufen era (about 1200) in order to protect the imperial palace in Bad Wimpfen.
The high shielding wall and the "Mountain's Peace Maker" - the nearest translation for "Bergfried" which is the expression for the tower - are remains of those days of the early 12th century.
The reeves of the Staufen emperors administrated the castle until 1449 with help from their retinues, the Lords of Weinsberg. Then Hans "the Rich" von Gemmingen bought it on Andreas Day 1449, for 6,000 Rhenish guilders from the Bishop of Würzburg.
Ever since, 17 generations of Gemmingen have ruled the castle - for over 550 years. By special request the current generation of the Gemmingen family will personally guide you on a tour of the castle museum