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Sigmaringen Castle, Sigmaringen

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Sigmaringen Castle was the princely castle and seat of government for the Princes of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Situated in the Swabian Alb region of Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany, this castle dominates the skyline of the town of Sigmaringen. The castle was rebuilt following a fire in 1893, and only the towers of the earlier medieval fortress remain. Schloss Sigmaringen was a family estate of the Swabian Hohenzollern family, a cadet branch of the Hohenzollern family, from which the German Emperors and kings of Prussia came. During the closing months of World War II, Schloss Sigmaringen was briefly the seat of the Vichy French Government after France was liberated by the Allies. The castle and museums may be visited throughout the year, but only on guided tours.LocationSigmaringen is located on the southern edge of the Swabian Alb, a plateau region in southern Baden-W├╝rttemberg. The Hohenzollern castle was built below the narrow Danube river valley in the modern Upper Danube Nature Park (German: Naturpark Obere Donau). The castle rises above the Danube on a towering chalk projection that is a spur of the white Jura Mountains formation. The hill is known simply as the Schlossberg or Castle Rock. The Schlossberg is about 200m long and up to 35m above the river. On this free-standing towering rock, the princely Hohenzollern castle is the largest of the Danube valley castles. The sheer cliffs and steep sides of the tower made it a natural site for a well protected medieval castle.
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  • The interior of the castle can only be viewed on a guided tour. English speakers receive a printed guide, however it is very difficult to look at the items in the Castle and read the printed guide in ...  more »
  • The castle is fascinating! You can visit it only with a guide and the tour lasts one hour. We had as guide a young lady and she was very nice. She gave us a lot of extra information about the castle t...  more »
  • This is a very nice castle in good condition. Definitely worth a visit if you travel nearby anyway. The guided tour is about one hour, plus you can buy ticket for the armory where you can see an overw...  more »
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  • Beautiful castle and nice tour. As above, no photos allowed (they allow photos in the courtyard and outside areas). The guides mainly speak German but will do their best to translate (my friends w/ me helped out). They also provide an English translation in a small booklet. Very nice tour and my guide was happy to answer questions.
  • Massive castle and very historical tour. The armoury was impressive. But I would have liked to have seen more of this huge castle and grounds....
  • Great visit. Very interesting.
  • Beautiful place but the tour guides are abrupt and borderline rude. No camera's allowed and the guide is only speaking in German. Be sure to read the brochure completely before the guided tour of you will not catch many things as they move you through faster than you can read. We actually went across the river to the park and bike path to take our best pictures of the outside of the castle.
  • Very pretty on the outside, the guided tour is interesting, though no photos are allowed inside.