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Guttenberg Castle (Burg Guttenberg)

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Address: 74855 Hassmersheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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+49 6266 228

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The bird show was great, and was the publicised "draw" for tourists, but ...

First, about the birds: When I visited in 1978, Guttenberg Castle was the ONLY facility in the world still in the commercial business of falconry (enviromnental laws having shut... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, about the birds: When I visited in 1978, Guttenberg Castle was the ONLY facility in the world still in the commercial business of falconry (enviromnental laws having shut down other less-well operated businesses). They bred and trained all varieties of predatory birds for sale to hunters and other sportspersons, with an emphasis on humane treatment before and after the... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Along most major rivers in Germany there are castles that have stood on the hills for centuries. This is one of the best ones to visit, it is occupied (in the new part, not on the main self-guided tour) by the same aristocratic family who has lived there for centuries. There is a castle museum, and you can climb to... More 

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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

What a wonderful little treasure! Rare Bird show extraordinary- eagles fly, vultures right in front of you!! Please do this with kids 9-90! It's not a ruin- it's a standing 800 year old great condition castle! Great yummy traditional restaurant on site and interesting museum. Well worth your trip, make the time. It's a highlight

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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

We visited with a mixed group of German and English people, town twinning event. The birds of prey show is fascinating, though mostly in German; a few explanations in English in consideration for the "foreigners", so if you do not have any German the actions of the birds will have to be enough. Owls, eagles and vultures feature and you... More 

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St. Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

We drove here and attended the bird show. So fantastic. I do not speak German and even though 99% of the oral delivery was in German, we still loved it! They had eagles, vultures, owls, rare birds from all over the world. They would soar over the valley, come back up and even swoop by your shoulder. GReat for kids... More 

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Berlin, Vermont
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Reviewed 7 October 2014

Home of the German Raptor Center and with views of the Neckar Valley it was well worth the effort to pedal our bikes up to see Burg Guttenberg. We didn't do the bird show but did tour the grounds and visit the museum. Walking around we saw the Hawks, Eagles, Vultures and Owls that live in the raptor center. This... More 

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Borrego Springs, California
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We did not attend the bird show, instead concentrating on the museum and climbing to the top of the old tower. This late medieval hilltop castle overlooks the Neckar river valley below. The castle was never destroyed and has been inhabited continuously for almost 800 years, since the mid-15th century from the line Gemmingen-Guttenberg - the Barons of Gemmingen. Great... More 

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Reviewed 27 March 2014 via mobile

Excellent show! Birds fly right over your head! Some of the birds are so ugly only a mother could claim them! We told the people that were doing the show that we didn't speak much German so they explained everything in english. You have to let them know!

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Daejeon, South Korea
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Bird show (but only in German), everything about becoming knights etc. Interesting exhibit. I didn't watch the show but the museum was well presented. Had to buy an English booklet to read the despriptions written on the walls. On their website, they say they have hay-bed hotel. I wanted to try staying there, but we decided to move on to... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We went there with our 5-year old while we were touring Baden-Wurttemberg and staying with our German friends who told us about this castle and the bird sanctuary in the first place. (Otherwise I doubt that we would ever come across it.) It is a very scenic drive getting to this place. I am sure the entire castle is beautiful... More 

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