This castle ruin near Vilshofen is an excellent destination for a walk or an excursion. Every year there are also castle festivals, a Walpurgis Night, a garden market and the castle Christmas.
The exact year of origin is not known. However, it is historically mentioned for the first time around 1100. In several wars the castle changed hands frequently and was burned down several times. In 1838 the previous owners left the castle to the state due to excessive maintenance costs. Until 1970 even the school of the community Hofkirchen was located there. Since 1995 the ruin belongs to the community of Hofkirchen.
How to get there
From direction Deggendorf
A3 Deggendorf-Passau, Coming from Degendorf take the exit Hofkirchen/Winzer, then continue on ST2322/ST2125 to Hofkirchen and from there on ST2125 to Hilgartsberg. At the entrance to the village a sign shows the way up to the ruins.
From direction Passau
Coming from Passau, take the Garham exit, then continue on the ST2119 to the junction with the ST2318, turn right onto the ST 2318 and after a while turn left following the sign for Hilgartsberg.
Thus, one gets over the plateau to Hilgartsberg.
Before descending into the village, one turns left to the ruins.