Battle of the Alte Veste

Battle of Alte Veste
Part of the Thirty Years' War
Alte Veste.jpg
Alte Veste in 1705, engraving by J. Böner (de)
Date24–25 August 1632 (O.S.) [1]
2–3 September 1632 (N.S.) [1]
Alte Veste, southwest of Nürnberg, Franconian Circle, Holy Roman Empire
(present-day Bavaria, Germany)
ResultImperial tactical victory
Strategically inconclusive: Siege of Nuremberg lifted shortly afterwards; both armies withdraw
 Holy Roman Empire
Catholic League (Germany).svg Catholic League
Sweden Kingdom of Sweden
Commanders and leaders
Albrecht von WallensteinGustavus Adolphus
Lennart Torstensson  POW)
43,500 men[2]

44,600 men

30,011 infantry in 37 regiments and 306 companies.
15,419 cavalry in 39 regiments and 263+ companies[3]
Casualties and losses
400 killed
1,000 wounded
1,000 killed
1,400 killed or wounded
Alte Veste, Zirndorf is located in Bavaria
Alte Veste, Zirndorf
Alte Veste, Zirndorf
Location within Bavaria
Alte Veste, Zirndorf is located in Germany
Alte Veste, Zirndorf
Alte Veste, Zirndorf
Alte Veste, Zirndorf (Germany)

The Battle of the Alte Veste was a significant battle of the Thirty Years' War.


In the late summer of 1632 the army of Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus met Albrecht von Wallenstein near Nürnberg. The successes of Gustavus Adolphus over General Tilly forced Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II to recall Albrecht von Wallenstein into military service from retirement. Wallenstein was unmatched in his ability to raise troops, and within a few weeks he took to the field with a fresh army.

The Imperial Army's ranks swelled as Wallenstein moved to stop the Swedes' advance at Nuremberg. Repeatedly, Gustav Adolf formed for battle and challenged Wallenstein to come out of his fortified camp, but was refused. As the supply situation continued to worsen, the impetuous King grew desperate.