Castles and fortresses in the Swabian Jura

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With more than 100 castles and fortresses inhabiting the mountain tops and rocks of the steeply inclining Albtrauf, the Swabian Jura contains the largest density of castles in the entire country of Germany. The reason is no big mystery: both the House of Hohenzollern and the Hohenstaufen dynasty used to reside in this area. And the former centers of power have managed to retain their charms until today. Though it's been a while since the fortified walls had to ward off attackers, the historical buildings still attract rather more peaceful visitors fascinated by these well preserved witnesses of history. You'll find the best ones to conquer on your next tour right here.

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    Burg Teck

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    The kiosk offers ice cream, drinks and smaller dishes.
    In the dining room mostly regional delicacies from the kitchen and cellar are served. There is also the possibility to participate in a real knight's meal.

    From April 1st to October 31st:
    Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Sundays and public holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    From November 1st to March 31st:
    Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to ... (depending on the weather)
    Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    burg-teck-alb.de
    Tel .: 070 21/55 20 8

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    Burg Hohenneuffen

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    The castle Hohen Neuffen - an unforgettable, unique setting in a magical place. This is a slogan of the castle restaurant Burg Hohenneuffen. From hikers to businessmen, there is something for everyone. The medieval ambience is something very special for all visitors.
    In addition to simple retreats, events such as weddings and other celebrations are also organized. For many the knight's meal is a very special highlight.
    And after the meal, a visit to the falconry will delight young and old alike. The castle is open daily from 9-17 clock.
    Restaurant opening hours: 1 April to 30 October:
    Wednesday to Saturday 9-22 clock (kitchen from 11.30 to 21.00 clock)
    Sundays and public holidays 9am to 7pm (kitchen from 11.30am to 6pm)
    Kiosk and castle are open daily, also Monday and Tuesday, from 9-19 clock
    October 31 to November 6:
    open daily from 9am to 5pm (kitchen until 4pm)
    November 7th to December 23rd
    Saturday and Sunday 10-18 clock (kitchen 11.30 bis 17.00 clock)
    Closed on the 24th and 25th of December
    December 26th to 31st 9am - 5pm (kitchen 11:30 am to 4pm)
    January 1st only kiosk open from 10-17 o'clock.
    2nd to 8th January 9 am to 5 pm (kitchen 11.30 am to 4 pm
    January 9th to March 5th
    Restaurant and kiosk open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm (kitchen until 5 pm).
    6 to 31 March: kiosk and restaurant Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm (kitchen 11:30 am to 5 pm)
    hohenneuffen.de
    Tel: (0 70 25) 22 06

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    Schloss Lichtenstein

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    A castle like from a book. In this case, that's actually true. The castle from Wilhelm Hauff's novel "Lichtenstein" from 1826 provided the suggestion and template for the reconstruction of the Lichtenstein ruins in 1842. It also looks like this: a real fairytale castle built dangerously close to the slope.

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    Burg Hohenzollern

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    In 1267, Hohenzollern Castle appears for the first time in documents and writings. After the first castle was destroyed, a larger and fortified castle was built in 1454 at the same place. In the 18th century, the fortress is abandoned and falls into ruin. Larger and more beautiful than ever before, King Frederick William IV of Prussia rebuilt his family's ancestral home in its present form in the 19th century. Even today, the castle is privately owned.

    Visitors can visit the castle daily from 10 clock. The view from the castle walls is fantastic. For the castle you pay 7 euros entrance fee. If you also want to see the magnificent castle rooms, then 5 euros will be added.

    You can read all information about the castle, the exhibitions and the gastronomy here: burg-hohenzollern.com.

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    Burgruine Helfenstein

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    The small castle tavern is now in the western lookout tower.
    Vespers, drinks, coffee and cake are offered.

    Opening hours:
    March to December on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (when the flag is hoisted on the tower).

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    Schloss Solitude

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    Very busy at the weekend.
    Lounger and playground as well as a nice cafe and a fantastic view awaits the hiker.

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