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Castles and fortresses in the Swabian Jura

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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

    Hiking Highlight

    Nice views (almost 360 degrees) in all directions. Has a snack bar and public toilets. Restaurant is not always open. The castle itself suffered a lot at the beginning of the 19th century and is therefore only a ruin, albeit a beautiful one.

    More information about the castle is available at hohenneuffen.de.

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    Dirk
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    Schloss Lichtenstein

    Hiking Highlight

    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

    Hiking Highlight

    Hohenzollern Castle first appeared in documents and writings in 1267. After the first castle was destroyed, a larger and more fortified castle was built on the same site in 1454. The fortress was abandoned in the 18th century and fell into ruins. Larger and more beautiful than ever before, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia had his family's ancestral seat rebuilt in its current form in the 19th century. The castle is still privately owned today.

    Visitors can visit the castle daily from 10 a.m. The view from the castle walls is fantastic. You pay 7 euros entry for the castle complex. If you also want to see the splendid rooms, then you have to add 5 euros.

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

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    Burgruine Helfenstein

    Hiking Highlight

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

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

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    Alex
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    Schloss Solitude

    Hiking Highlight

    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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    Ralf

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