Photographer's Note

The original picture was actually upside down, as I was shooting the reflection of the castle from the other side of the Danube. The "crazy duck" which stirred the waters and troubled my image is (as you can guess) upside down too...but its reflection is so good that it is hard to say which one is the real duck!

About the Sigmaringen castle: it was the princely castle and seat of government for the Princes of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Situated in the Swabian Alb region of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, this castle dominates the skyline of the town of Sigmaringen. The castle was rebuilt following a fire in 1893, and only the towers of the earlier medieval fortress remain. It was a family estate of the Swabian Hohenzollern family, a cadet branch of the Hohenzollern family. The Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen branch gave Romania its first king Carol I (Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen was the ruler of Romania from 1866 to 1914).

During the closing months of World War II, Schloss Sigmaringen was briefly the seat of the Vichy French Government after France was liberated by the Allies. The castle and museums may be visited throughout the year, but only on guided tours.

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