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Major titles of nobility in SouthWest Germany

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Travel back in time to the world of the nobility

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Travel back in time to the world of the nobility

Yesteryear’s nobles didn’t just leave us magnificent castles and palaces, but also a great many stories. We present mansions and palaces in SouthWest Germany and give tips for everything you can experience here.

The resonant Knights‘Hall

1. House Baden

The resonant Knights‘Hall

Hohenbaden Old Castle | © Adobe, Maria Ch.

When the wind blows through the Knights’ Hall in Hohenbaden Old Castle, not far from the spa town of Baden-Baden, the nylon strings of the world’s largest wind harp vibrate and notes are sounded. Harp-maker Rüdiger Oppermann built the instrument in 1999. The Margraves of Baden ruled their lands from Hohenbaden Old Castle. The noble house, first mentioned 900 years ago, had its seat here in the Middle Ages, and named themselves after the region. Today the spectacular ruins are open to hikers and visitors.

altes-schlosshohenbaden.de 

Recreation in the palace

2. House Langenburg

Recreation in the palace

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First a castle, then a Renaissance palace, today a museum and holiday accommodation: Langenburg Castle has an eventful history. Since 1970, the castle stables have housed one of Germany’s first classic car museums, thanks to the efforts of Prince Kraft of Hohenlohe- Langenburg and his descendants. They all share a love of historic vehicles.

schloss-langenburg.de

Lovers of music and beer

3. House Fürstenberg

Lovers of music and beer

© Stadt Donaueschingen, Tobias Raphael Ackermann

The Fürstenberg family’s roots can be traced back to the year 1070. Today their descendants live in Donaueschingen Palace, where Prince Joseph Wendel zu Fürstenberg received Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself in 1763. If you would like to see where they met for yourself, you will learn everything worth knowing about the over 300-year-old residence on a guided tour. And incidentally, Fürstenberg beer was originally made by this noble family, but the brewery was taken over by Heineken in 2004. 

haus-fuerstenberg.com | donaueschingen.de 

Eternal Love

4. House Württemberg

Eternal Love

© Adobe, Frank Gärtner

King Wilhelm I had an affair in 1819. His wife, Katharina, travelled to put an end to the affair in winter, when it was icy cold, caught the flu, and died. To commemorate her, the king had the Rotenberg Mausoleum built on Württemberg Hill in Stuttgart. Today it is a very romantic spot. At sunset, lovers and other visitors sit on the mausoleum steps and enjoy the view of the Neckar valley. 

grabkapelle-rotenberg.de

A Swabian bloodline

5. House Hohenzollern

A Swabian bloodline

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The imperial Hohenzollern family has existed for almost 1,000 years. In addition to the family seat, Hohenzollern Castle near Bisingen, the noble family built other remarkable anchor points in the South, for example Sigmaringen Castle; you can wander through its residential rooms and admire them. The Hohenzollerns divided into two lines: the Prussian royal family and the princely Swabian family. 

hohenzollern-schloss.de

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