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Waldburg-Zeil was a County ruled by the House of Waldburg, located in southeastern Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located around Schloss Zeil, near Leutkirch im Allgäu.

Stewardship of Waldburg-Zeil
→ County of Waldburg-Zeil
→ Principality of Waldburg-Zeil

Truchsessenamt Waldburg-Zeil
→ Grafschaft Waldburg-Zeil
→ Fürstentum Waldburg-Zeil
Coat of arms
StatusState of the Holy Roman Empire
Common languagesAlemannic German
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Partitioned from
• Raised to County
• Annexed half of

• Partitioned to create

• Raised to principality
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Wappen Waldburg.svg Waldburg-Wolfegg-Zeil
Kingdom of Württemberg
Zeil Castle near Leutkirch



Waldburg-Zeil was a partition of Waldburg-Wolfegg-Zeil. Originally ruled by Truchesses (stewards), Waldburg-Zeil was elevated to a County in 1628, and a Principality in 1803 shortly before being mediatised to Württemberg in 1806.

In 1674, Waldburg-Zeil was partitioned between itself and Waldburg-Wurzach. Count Francis Anthony inherited Waldburg-Trauchburg in 1772 (the districts of Friedburg and Scheer were later sold to Thurn und Taxis in 1785), and Steward Froben and Steward Henry of Waldburg-Wolfegg partitioned Waldburg-Waldburg after the death of Steward Gebhard.

Rulers of Waldburg-ZeilEdit

Stewards of Waldburg-Zeil (1589–1628)Edit

  • Froben (1589–1614)
  • John James I (1614–28)

Counts of Waldburg-Zeil (1628–1803)Edit

  • John James I (1628–74)
  • Paris James (1674–84)
  • John Christopher (1684–1717)
  • John James II (1717–50)
  • Francis Anthony (1750–90)
  • Maximilian Wunibald (1790–1803)

Princes of Waldburg-Zeil(-Trauchburg) (1803–1806)Edit

  • Maximilian Wunibald (1803–06)

The present prince is Erich, Fürst von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 1962), who married Mathilde, duchess of Württemberg, daughter of Carl, Duke of Württemberg and Princess Diane of Orléans. As Erich has five daughters, his heir presumptive is his first cousin, count Clemens von Waldburg-Zeil (b. 1960), married to Georgina, princess of Liechtenstein, who has two sons.[1]

Princes of Waldburg-Zeil(-Trauchburg) (1803–1806)
  • Maximilian Wunibald, 1st Prince 1803-1818 (1750-1818)
    • Franz-Thäddaus, 2nd Prince 1818-1845 (1778-1845)
      • Constantin Maximilian, 3rd Prince 1845-1862 (1807-1862)
        • Wilhelm, 4th Prince 1862-1906 (1835-1906)
          • Georg, 5th Prince 1906-1918 (1867-1918)
            • Erich August, 6th Prince 1918-1953 (1899-1953)
              • Georg, 7th Prince 1953-2015 (1928-2015) - married to princess Marie Gabrielle of Bavaria, daughter of Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria.
              • Count Aloysius (1933-2014)
                • Count Clemens (b.1960)
                  • Count Maximilian (b.1992)
                  • Count Constantin (b.1994)

Lustenau-Hohenems branchEdit

Hohenems Palace, Austria

In 1779 a side branch of the Counts of Waldburg-Zeil inherited the sovereign county of Lustenau by marriage. The county was mediatized to Bavaria in 1806 and became part of Austria in 1830. The present Count is Franz Josef von Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems.[2]

Coordinates: 47°52′N 10°0′E / 47.867°N 10.000°E / 47.867; 10.000