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Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley Sights

Burg Hornberg

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Updated 11/15/2013

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The largest and oldest castle in the Neckar Valley, the circular bulk of Burg Hornberg rises above the town of Neckarzimmern. The road to the castle leads through vineyards that have been providing dry white wines for centuries. These days, the castle is part hotel (23 rooms, 1 suite) and part museum. In the 16th century it was home to the larger-than-life Götz von Berlichingen (1480–1562). When the knight lost his right arm in battle, he had a blacksmith fashion an

iron replacement. Original designs for this fearsome artificial limb are on view in the castle, as is his suit of armor. For most Germans, this larger-than-life knight is best remembered for a remark that was faithfully reproduced in Goethe's play Götz von Berlichingen. Responding to an official reprimand, von Berlichingen told his critic, more or less, to "kiss my ass" (the original German is substantially more earthy). To this day the polite version of this insult is known as a Götz von Berlichingen. Inquire at the hotel reception about visiting the castle, or just enjoy the walking trails and views from the top of the hilltop.

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Hornbergerweg, Neckarzimmern, 74865, Germany

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Mar 19, 2006

Not worth the Drive from Hiedelberg

Comb webs and dust over drapes and mice or squirrels in roof keep daughter was great when the good chef was in the backup guy sucks can'nt cook a schnitzel. Staff friendly will fix what breaks....not the bang for your buck very small TV 13" only one TV for a two bedroom apartment and volume control was broken. Clock Radio was broken Don't get the rooms above the kitchen noise all day, morning, and night. They did have Good cuban cigars

that you can light up and enjoy at dinner, that almost made up for the stumble. Sorry would not do this hotel again.

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