Wolfgang Wilhelm, Count Palatine of Neuburg

Wolfgang Wilhelm von Pfalz-Neuburg (4 November 1578 in Neuburg an der Donau – 14 September 1653 in Düsseldorf) was a German Prince. He was Count Palatine of Neuburg and Duke of Jülich and Berg.

Wolfgang William
Wolfgang Wilhelm, Count Palatine of Neuburg; painting by Johannes Spilberg (c. 1648)
Count Palatine of Neuburg
Reign22 August 1614 – 14 September 1653
PredecessorPhilipp Ludwig
SuccessorPhilip William
Born(1578-11-04)4 November 1578
Neuburg an der Donau
Died14 September 1653(1653-09-14) (aged 74)
SpouseMagdalene of Bavaria
Catharina Elisabeth Charlotte of Palatinate-Zweibrücken [de]
Maria Franziska of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg [de]
IssuePhilip William
Ferdinand Philip
Eleonore Franziska
FatherPhilip Louis, Count Palatine of Neuburg
MotherAnna of Jülich-Cleves-Berg
ReligionLutheranism (until 1613)
Roman Catholicism (from 1613)
Wolfgang Wilhelm



Wolfgang Wilhelm's parents were Philip Louis, Count Palatine of Neuburg, and Anna of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, a daughter of Wilhelm, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg. He was the winner of the War of the Jülich Succession (1609–1614), and became thus the first ruler of Palatinate-Neuburg, who was also Duke of Jülich and Duke of Berg. In 1615, he was made a Knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece. Because he converted to Catholicism and practised a strict policy of neutrality in the Thirty Years' War, his territories escaped widespread destruction.

Wolfgang Wilhelm moved his residence to Düsseldorf in 1636.

Marriage and issue


Wolfgang Wilhelm married three times:


  •   Media related to Wolfgang William, Count Palatine of Neuburg at Wikimedia Commons
  • Wolfgang Wilhelm, Count Palatine of Neuburg in the German National Library catalogue
  • Biography and Portrait of Count palatine Wolfgang Wilhelm von Neuburg
  • Ronny Baier (2003). "Pfalz-Neuburg, Wolfgang Wilhelm von, Pfalzgraf von Pfalz-Neuburg und Herzog von Jülich und Berg". In Bautz, Traugott (ed.). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). Vol. 21. Nordhausen: Bautz. cols. 1163–1168. ISBN 3-88309-110-3.
Wolfgang Wilhelm, Count Palatine of Neuburg
Born: 1578 Died: 1653
Regnal titles
Preceded by Count Palatine of Neuburg
Succeeded by
Title last held by
Johann Wilhelm
Duke of Jülich and Berg