No one knows exactly when Castle Hofen was built, but there are records referring to it as far back as 1120.  Castle Hofen was built beside the Neckar River to ward off enemy attacks on the village which was next to the castle.  On the other side of the river was another similar castle built next to another village for the same purpose.

The castle was built around the year 1250 and burned down during the Thirty Years’ War. In 1783 lots of the stones were broken down from the ruin and reused to build the church St. Barbara and other buildings in Hofen. The city of Stuttgart bought the ruin in 1999 and restored it as much as possible.