Guttenberg Castle (Burg Guttenberg)

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Guttenberg Castle (Burg Guttenberg)

Guttenberg Castle (Burg Guttenberg)
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Susan J
Mannheim, Germany28 contributions
worth a visit
Aug 2020
This castle is well-kept and with easy access to footpaths through the hills/forest. While the bird cages seemed a bit small, the raptor show was informative and beautiful. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The C-19 precautions were all in place and from what we could tell, monitored.
Written 16 August 2020
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Kenneth F
Hereford, AZ65 contributions
Was more wonderful than expected
Sep 2019 • Couples
We arrive on a late September early afternoon and first opted for a bit to eat at the restaurant on site overlooking the valley. The place was nearly empty but the salad, goulash, and pasta with cheese were fresh and delicious as was the raw unfiltered beer.
After a fabulous lunch we then quickly found the entrance, paid our entrance fee and began to explore. We were on our own as we wove our way room to room, corridor to corridor, stairs to stairs. Not the greatest or most profound exhibits but informative for us when accompanied with the English language guide. If all the exhibit had English equivalents it sure would be nice.
The best part was after climbing 70-80 steps up a spiral staircase we found ourselves on the castle walls making our wAy to the tower were after another 90 steps we were on top of the tower absorbing the view. Wow!
Written 27 September 2019
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jlareza
Stockholm, Sweden122 contributions
Fantastic show of falcons, vultures and owls
Jul 2017 • Couples
The main purpose we visited the Guttenburg Castle was to see the show of the wild big birds. What a treat to see the fantastic show. Each show is different. The birds decided themselves to fly or no. The visit to the museum is also very interesting.
Written 22 July 2017
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christine s
Stourbridge, UK582 contributions
Historic family Owned castle,valley views.
May 2017 • Friends
We stopped here ,for light refreshments,and a wedding was taking place,the bride and her husband were greeted by a swing type jazz band,lovely setting as they had their reception in a hall along side the castle.
There is a display of eagles,vultures,and other birds of prey,a museum,tour of the castle ,all entrance fees apply.
We toured the surroundings and had a good beer at 3.70 euros each .Free car parking.
This was well worth stopping for .
Written 31 May 2017
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John S
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The bird show was great, and was the publicised "draw" for tourists, but ...
May 2016 • Family
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 sale. The shows were actually fundraisers for their work.

But much more of interest, I got onto a "scholar's tour". Conducted by the current "Herr Guttenberg", proud owner and patriarch of the family in residence for over 800 years, it was an awesome experience. We got to see the entire "old" portions of the castle (don't ask me about the "wind closet" !), with all its Medieval charm, but also, the famiy library/archives, all the way back to the original property deed issued to then-prominent "Herr Guttenberg" by the local Duke, over 800 years ago. He also showed us the family archives: all records of births, deaths, marriages, etc., for EVERY family member through the years. There were also scale models showing the stages of building-development over the 800 years. He was DEFINITELY a "proud papa" ! (And rightfully so: it has ALWAYS been a proud, prosperous, civic-minded family.)

Of course, someone brought up the Gutenberg Bible, and we in the tour got a piece of real, behind-the-scenes history, right from the mouth of Herr Guttenberg himself.

The man who invented the printing press was NOT named Guttenberg ! His real name translated as "Little Pink Flower" ! When he realized what a gigantic thing his invention was destined to become, he looked around for the most illustrious and influential name around, and settled on Guttenberg, adopting the name as his own.

The REAL Guttenbergs of the time were NOT AMUSED ! Claiming "name infringement", they sued - and for some reason, lost. So today, we still have "The Guttenberg Bible". (TRUE STORY!)
Written 8 April 2017
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Jamie S
Knoxville, TN64 contributions
Forget Neuschwanstein, Go to a Real, Lived in Castle
Jun 2016 • Family
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 the castle walls and up to the top of the castle tower and see how you would defend the castle or warn the inhabitants of approaching invaders. An English brochure is under development and will be huge since all the narrative in the museum is in German.
The castle is worth a visit in and of itself, but it also has an incredible birds of prey research center, collection and show. DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW. They will do the show in English or French if there is interest. The birds fly right over your head and soar above the valley. BREATHTAKING. If you have never seen an owl or falcon or eagle in flight, it is simply incredible.
Written 29 June 2016
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c b
Haddonfield, NJ45 contributions
Hidden treasure
Sep 2014 • Friends
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
Written 30 August 2015
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HJPinBeds
Stotfold, UK513 contributions
Birds of prey, followed by lunch
Jul 2015 • Friends
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 can do the tour of the castle afterwards, where many more birds can be seen. Be warned that no eating, drinking or smoking are allowed during the show - "these birds know all the ways to extract food from your mouth if they wish!".
The restaurant has a lovely setting, but is often very busy with groups so the service can be slow. Portions are not small, so be warned!
Also, there are many old steps to do the tour, so those who are unsteady on their feet may wish to avoid that.
Written 27 July 2015
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creeksideJ
St. Augustine, FL82 contributions
Wow! You must go to this attraction!
Jul 2015 • Family
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 and adults. A must see.
Written 27 July 2015
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Peter E
Berlin, VT118 contributions
A Grand Detour-Super Views-Big Birds
Aug 2014 • Couples
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 hilltop castle was built in the Middle Ages and still stands till this day.
Written 7 October 2014
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