Castle Barrel

Beneath the large Knights' Hall of the Museum of Ancient Cultures, in the cellar of Hohentübingen Palace, stands the oldest preserved giant wine barrel in the world (photo). In 1546, Duke Ulrich (1487–1550) of Württemberg had this barrel built by the Bönnigheim cooper Simon Binder. The volume of the barrel is about 84,000 liters. Today, the barrel holds an entry in the Guinness Book of Records due to its age.

Since 1991, the oldest giant barrel was no longer open to visitors because a colony of mouse-eared bats lives in the rear area of the castle cellar. In 2018, however, access to this superlative was granted again under strict precautions, including that guided tours are only offered during the winter months. Get additional information here and tickets at

Highlights of the Collection

A postcard of the castle barrel.
A postcard of the castle barrel
The castle barrel in its full glory
The castle barrel in its full glory
The inside of the huge castle barrel
The inside of the huge castle barrel

Visit Castle Barrel

Opening hours

Open to the public from November 1st to March 15th
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Guided tours at 2pm and 4pm
Group and school tours by appointment

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Adults: 8 €
Reduced: 6 € (children, pupils, students, pensioners, severely disabled people)


Burgsteige 11 | Hohentübingen Castle
72070 Tübingen