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Grafschaft Fürstenberg
County of Fürstenberg
State of the Holy Roman Empire
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Coat of arms

Fürstenberg territories in 1806
Capital Fürstenberg
Government Principality
Historical era Middle Ages
Early modern time
 - Count Egino IV of Urach
    inherited Zähringen
 - Partitioned into
    Fürstenberg and

The County of Fürstenberg was a county of the Holy Roman Empire in Swabia, present-day southern Baden-Württemberg, Germany.



The County emerged when the Count Egino IV of Urach by marriage inherited large parts of the Duchy of Zähringen upon the death of Duke Berthold V in 1218, and was originally called the County of Freiburg. Egino's grandson Count Henry started naming himself after his residence at Fürstenberg Castle around 1250.

The County was partitioned in 1284 between itself and the lower County of Dillingen, and then again in 1408 between Fürstenberg-Fürstenberg and Fürstenberg-Wolfach.

Over the centuries, the various Counts and Princes expanded their territories to include the Landgraviate of Baar, the Lordships of Gundelfingen, Hausen, Heiligenberg, Höwen, and Messkirch, and the Landgraviate of Stühlingen in Germany; as well as domains around Křivoklát Castle (German: Pürglitz), Bohemia, Tavíkovice (German: Taikowitz) in Moravia and Weitra in Austria.

In 1667, Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg was raised to a principality and received a vote at the Reichstag. In 1744, various Fürstenberg territories were reunified to the Principality of Fürstenberg-Fürstenberg, as all lines except one had become extinct.

The Rheinbundakte of 1806 dissolved Fürstenberg. Most of its territory was given to Baden; smaller parts were given to Württemberg, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, and Bavaria.


As of 1806, Fürstenberg had an area of 20,000 km² and a population of 100,000. Its capital was Donaueschingen.

As of 1789, the territory consisted of five larger, isolated parts as well as several smaller exclaves. The five larger parts were:

Smaller exclaves included the cities of Trochtelfingen and Hayingen.

Counts of Fürstenberg (1250 - 1408)

  • Henry I, Count of Fürstenberg (1250 - 1284)
  • Frederick I, Count of Fürstenberg (1284 - 1296)
  • Henry II, Count of Fürstenberg (1296 - 1337)
  • Conrad III, Count of Fürstenberg (1337 - 1370) with...
  • Henry IV, Count of Fürstenberg (1337 - 1366) with...
  • John II, Count of Fürstenberg (1337 - 1365) with...
  • Henry VI, Count of Fürstenberg 1365 - 1408)

States of Fürstenberg

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