Panoramic view of Hout Bay from Lichtenstein Castle

Friday, July 06, 2001 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

There is an architectural gem hidden in Hout Bay. A modern replica of a 900 year old castle called Lichtenstein Castle. It has been constructed in Hout Bay in South Africa and run as a guest house. The original Lichtenstein Castle is a fairy-tale castle located, despite its name, near Honau in the Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Historically there has been a castle on the site since around 1200. It was twice destroyed, once in the Reichskriegs war of 1311 and again by the city state of Reutlingen in 1381. The castle was not reconstructed and subsequently fell to ruin.