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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-Württemberg, 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-Württemberg. 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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  • Today there was a Christmas tour, was very interesting and simply fascinating. The children were involved and they had fun. Like I'm visiting the Castle at a different time of year again, it is so big (400 rooms), as a guide is not enough.
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  • Absolutely great sight with incredible great story. Recommended are the theme management conditions, already several have done and these are truly outstanding. We go more than once in a year.
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  • Schloss Sigmaringen is the nucleus and the Centre of the cute town of Sigmaringen on the Danube. The plant built high on a rock above the Danube, dominated the landscape for dozens of kilometers in RADIUS, suitable to the local saying: 'If' d in Semmeringa are unn konnscht 'Castle it Sally, as are uffm Castle' (if you are in Sigmaringen and can the Castle see not, then are you on the Castle). Unlike Bavarian operetta castles such as Neuschwanstein, Schloss Sigmaringen is a real plant that has grown over the centuries and was always inhabited. The oldest surviving parts come from the Hohenstaufen period around 1200 (Castle gate, Palas and keep). Extensions were added in the 15th century. Since 1535, the Hohenzollerns were the Lords of the Castle, the Frankish Zweig rule in the Margraviate of Brandenburg became Kings in Prussia and finally German Emperors. The whole Castle in the style of Historicism was restored after a fire in 1893. The carried out several times daily castle tours provide very interesting insights into the building, its history and its noble people. The information that the width of the door lintels was directed to the hoop of the Schlossherrinenen, is surprising. Fascinating also one of the first modern baths in the 19th century. Sure, the dominant memory remains the huge collection of war and hunting arms and hunting trophies, have their own galleries. However, the art facilities acts modest, including an Andy Warhol interpretation of the image of Frederick of the great of Prussia, which is to buy it on ebay for €35. Overall, a visit to Schloss Sigmaringen is a company, not a historically interested visitors to the area should be missed.
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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.