Teck was a ducal castle in the kingdom of Württemberg, immediately to the north of the Swabian Jura and south of the town of Kirchheim unter Teck (now in the district of Esslingen). Burg Teck takes its name from the ridge, the Teckberg, 2,544 feet high, which it crowned. It was destroyed in the German Peasants' War (1525). The castle was reconstructed during the 19th and 20th centuries.
In 1863, the title "Prince of Teck" (German: Fürst von Teck) was conferred as a courtesy title by King William I of Württemberg upon the children of his cousin Duke Alexander of Württemberg (1804-85) by his morganatic marriage with Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde (1812-41), ennobled as countess of Hohenstein. In 1871, Prince Francis, the eldest son of Duke Alexander, was created Duke of Teck. His eldest son Adolphus (born 1868) was the holder of the title in 1910.
In 1889 an observation tower with a refuge shelter was built and inaugurated on 1 September 1889. In 1933 a hall was built near the tower called Mörike Hall. Since 6 June 1941 the buildings have been owned by the Schwäbischer Albverein. From 1954 to 1955 the Mörikehalle became a restaurant with sleeping rooms. On 9 November 1999, the area surrounding Burg Teck was designated a protected area ('Naturschutzgebiet').
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