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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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  • This castle is just amazing from the outside. The best thing is to go out of town, go over the river and up on the hill opposite to get an unforgettable view over the Castle. A charming, historic and impressive castle must surely be great even on the inside? Well OK. If you have not read on in advance so it is easy to believe that you'll get to see the rooms and furnishings from different eras. But it turns out that the castle was hit by a huge fire in 1893 and built up again after that. It is basically just the two towers remaining from the old Castle. What you will see during the tour is thus relatively modern rooms furnished in an old style. This is not to say that it is unattractive to look at, but the castle's exterior does not reflect the real interiors. The castle can be seen only under the General views that are only in German. You get a pretty comprehensive and good English description of what the Guide says--but on the other hand, it is difficult to both read and look at the rooms at the same time, and also allows the wizard, of course, some deviations from the text. The guide was so far as I could judge the good and tried really when I after the display asked a difficult question, but one might think that it should go to achieve at least a general guided tour in English per day during the tourist season.
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  • I must admit that the visit is assumed time no longer, we have looked at only from the outside right. Compared to the present largely "Modular architecture", values were created at that time, which could no longer fit into.
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  • The town is small and a bit far away from the regular touristy spots . The castle is massive,impressive and well kept. As the demand was for a German speaking guide by the majority so we could not gra...  more »
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  • Maybe the outside is not that spectacular but the tour and the interior is the best of any I ever seen. The inside is perfectly kept, the tour is great and the armory hall is a must - the biggest medieval weapons collection in Europe.
  • Only way to see this castle is through a tour guide. Ours was spectacular. Although English was not his mother tongue and struggled at times, he excelled in explaining the intricacies and stories contained within the castle walls. Definitely worth a visit and the travel over from nearby towns.
  • Surreal, magnificent and truly awe-inspiring !! One of the most photogenic and beautiful castles in Baden Württemberg.
  • 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....

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