Sigmaringen: The Castle, River, and the Devil’s Bridge

During quarantine, we didn’t make many trips around southern Germany due to unclear instructions regarding visiting getaways in the vicinity. When the restrictions eased a bit, we visited a couple of interesting places around. One of them was Sigmaringen.

Sigmaringen is an old town—counting more than 1000 years of history—located on the Danube river between Stuttgart and Lake Constance (we’re going to visit this amazing place this weekend, so stay tuned).

The town itself does not have much to offer except The Castle of Sigmaringen, which was unfortunately not accepting visitors on the day we were there. It wasn’t the goal of our trip to Sigmaringen, though, so we weren’t much disappointed.

One of the best things about the south of Germany is the number of beautiful nature spots around almost every town. In many cases, you don’t even need to take a train to enjoy some of the best scenery.

A railroad between two rocks.

Sigmaringen is not an exception. Lying in the south of the Swabian Alps, Sigmaringen is only a mile away from Inzigkofen, a town surrounded by wooded hills hiding quite a few picturesque views.

The place on the picture, for example, was a favorite spot of Princess Amalie Zephyrine from the Hohenzollern family owning the Sigmaringen Castle.

A glimpse of Danube and Amalienfelsen

You can easily cross the river via a cable bridge and have a picnic near the river.

However, the favorite spot of the visitors to this place is not the river.

If you walk a bit uphill and then follow a steep footpath around the hill, you will reach Teufelbrücke or the Devil’s Bridge.

The Devil’s Bridge

The bridge is 20 meters high and overhangs a gorge. It was built in 1843 and was initially made of wood replaced with stone at the end of the nineteenth century.

The master, who was in charge of building the bridge, legend has it, said: “I won’t build this bridge, let the devil do it.” Unsurprisingly, the devil did and demanded a soul to enter the bridge in return. The master was not a fool and sent a dog to enter the bridge the first, outsmarting the devil.

Once you cross the “legendary” bridge, you go a bit further in the woods and reach an observation deck with a pleasant vista.

Our trip to Sigmaringen was short, just a few hours, but it gave us an excellent emotional charge, especially in these difficult times.

I am not sure we revisit this place, but if you’re traveling to the south of Germany, you might want to bookmark this location.

Stay tuned for more post-quarantine trips around southern Germany!

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