Thanks to Visit Europe and the European Institute of Cultural Routes, this summer was the time of great discovery. But one of the places is worth a special story to tell – the Hohentwiel Fortress ruins. The place is a must to experience! And if you still have some hesitations, here are our top 5 reasons why it is definitely worth visiting.
Let’s begin with the fact, that the fortress sits on the top of the extinct volcano, so the epicness of the place starts from the very bottom. The top scenery is really a top of beauty. The asphalt road leads almost to the fortress, but we recommend you to travel on foot. Firstly, there are lots of hidden tracks that twist in the mountain forest, and, secondly, rushing in a car won't give you the best way to experience the beauty that reveals with every corner! And if the weather is really fine the Alps would cut the haze with their magnificent tops.
The multiple archeological mysteries
The neighboring mountains retain the traces of Celtic settlements, but interesting local finds go far beyond this! Archaeologists found here the remains of... the reindeer. How they happened to be here is still a mystery to scientists. Also, the construction of some parts of the castle includes stones, that are placed in the area naturally… and since millions of years ago the place used to be the sea floor, some of the stones in the walls bear the teeth prints of local prehistoric inhabitants.
The fortress has hosted the rock festival with impressive headliners for more than 40 years. Just think about it. Live sound. In the ruins of the old fortress. On the crater of the extinct volcano.
The ability to look at three countries at the same time
That is the top of the fortress, which gives the scenery of Lake Constance: its coastline shares national borders of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, so, here your sight can travel all of these countries within less than 10 seconds.
Sunset and sunrise
And the last, but not the least, reason is the delightful sunsets and sunrises that open from the top of the mountain. The Golden Hour is unforgettably beautiful and the light is soft and tender whenever you may find it – in the morning or in the evening.