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Princess Heide von Hohenzollern Invites APT Guests to Cruise to her Castle

September 6, 2013 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Australians travelling on APT’s ‘Royal Experience’ European river cruises in 2014 will find out first hand what it’s like to be a real guest of royalty, having been extended an exclusive invitation from Princess Heide von Hohenzollern to explore her home, Germany’s Burg Namedy Castle.
536193As well as being granted the freedom to explore the rooms, hallways and courtyards of the castle, guests are also invited to enjoy a champagne reception in the Knights Hall before a banquet dinner in the Hall of Mirrors.

Talking of her decision to invite APT’s guests to explore Burg Namedy Castle, Princess Heide von Hohenzollern said, “We felt it would be a real adventure to open up our home to visitors from Australia. It’s a country that we dream of visiting ourselves, but the castle keeps us so busy that by inviting guests in we’ll be able to share some of our royal history, German culture and hospitality while learning more about our visitors in the process.”

Located in Andernach, on one of the most picturesque areas of the Rhine River, Burg Namedy’s history stretches back to the 14th Century. Originally a late gothic mould castle, it was built as a place of protection for the Cistercian nuns at Namedy.

Says Princess Heide, “The castle has been in my late husband’s royal family, the House of Hohenzollern, since 1908. The grandmother of my husband, Princess Joséphine of Belgium, was the sister of King Albert of Belgium. When she married Prince Carl-Anton Hohenzollern, the prospect of moving to the south of Germany where the main part of his family lived made her sad because she was very homesick. As a result, Burg Namedy was bought by the Belgium royal court.”

Prince Carl Anton added the Hall of Mirrors as a ballroom which is now the centre of all activities: dinners, dances, concerts, exhibitions. In 1989, after his parents’ death, Prince Godehard, the 536196grandson of Prince Carl Anton inherited the castle and started an extensive restoration of the house, transforming it into the centre of cultural activity that it has become today.

Adding to the castle’s fairytale appearance are its stunning surrounds, natural parklands which are now under the protection of Germany’s historical heritage. A decade-long art project has seen an annual sculpture exhibition sited within the grounds featuring works from some of the country’s most talented artists.

In addition, the gardens play host to concerts and special events, including recently the marriage of Princess Heide’s daughter.

APT visitors will join a long line of royal dignitaries, famous actors and VIPs as former guests of Burg Namedy.

Says Princess Heide, “Members of the royal family of Belgium, Ferdinand King of Romania, Bismark, and more recently famous German and international actors have all been esteemed visitors of the castle. Next year more than half of our visitors will be guests of APT. We hope to give them a royal experience to remember.”

To book an APT ‘Royal Experience’ River Cruise in 2014 call 1300 278 278, see www.aptouring.com.au  or contact your local travel agent.

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