Thursday, September 20, 2007

Guttenberg Castle - A knight’s castle, high on the hill

The best part of visiting the Guttenberg Castle is that your host is none other then the current Baroness Gemmingen, 18the descendent of the first Baron Von Gemmingen, who moved here in 1449, and his successive generations have called this majestic castle, home.

Situated near the historic city of Heidelberg, Guttenberg Castle was originally called the Guttenberg Knight’s Castle and dates back to 1200s. It is one of the few castles in Europe that has occupation from the beginning and hence escaped destruction, both natural and man-made.

Built on top of a hill that hugs two valleys from either side: Neckar valley and the Muhlback valley. With its imposing tower, walls and guard towers, the castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Neckar region.

Visitors coming here can visit its various areas, including the kitchen, spinning rooms, library, guard towers as well as the torture chamber. Bird lovers will definitely love the German Falconry show at the castle, which includes the great wing-creatures as vultures, eagles, owls and falcons.

The castle is opened to visitors from April to October. Those wish to visit it during the other months; they may have to make an advance request for visitation.

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