Sigmaringen Castle, Sigmaringen

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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  • Small town with yet a very nice and impressive castle. Small point of view to make great pictures of the Castle
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  • One day visited 2 Castle Sigmaringen and more "popular" Hohenzollern. Both are privately owned by the same family. Sigmaringen just charmed its selectness and some intimate luxury and liked. Unfortunately, indoors, you cannot make a photo picture no, inspection is possible only in groups with a guide. We were with the German-speaking group, but, when buying tickets gave us a printout of the Russian language was clear and without any knowledge of German. Excursion took about 45 min. Would love to see more rooms of the Palace, but alas. .. There is no lead. Next to the Castle thrived with beautiful old houses, many cafes and souvenir shops. Train station 10 minutes walk, you can come in Sigmaringen on the train, it is convenient.
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  • Imposing Castle and scenic, with guided tours in German (you can ask at the ticket office a dossier in Italian). Advice to cross the Danube River for great views of the river and the Castle and climb the nearest Hill to other great panoramas. Very nice also the town of Sigmaringen, whose center is at the foot of the Castle.
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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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