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    STATUE'S & VIEWPOINT'S - 11

    by balhannah Updated Nov 22, 2011

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    After enjoying a rest, we made our way down to the lower courtyard. This is situated between the inner and outer Battlement Wall's

    A MUST DO, is the long walk around the Castle, as here, located against the Castle wall's, are the Statue's of King's, Noblemen and family member's.
    Not only that, but the view's are fantastic, especially on a sunny day like we were enjoying.
    We could see small Towns, farmland and the highway, it was ever so pretty. Both the remaining viewpoint's are on this level, "Feldberg" and "Stuttgart" viewpoint's.
    Located in certain area's are Telescope's for people who haven't binocular's.

    We walked the whole way around the Battlement's, then out, to wait for the shuttle - Bus to take us back to our Car.

    This is an excellent Castle to see, one we thoroughly enjoyed!

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    THE CANON -10

    by balhannah Written Nov 22, 2011

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    Located in the main courtyard of Hohenzollern Castle, is quite a large medevial Canon sitting on a gun carriage. Have at look at it, because you will see the Prussian Coat of Arms embedded in the Canon.

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    TIME FOR A BREAK - 9

    by balhannah Written Nov 22, 2011

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    Cafe Hohenzollern

    The day had been quite hot with the Sun blazing overhead. We had been constantly walking, so we decided it was time for a break.
    First the Toilet's, and two blocks are located on the upper courtyard, where the main Castle area is.
    Next, we decided on an Ice-cream and drink, as there were plenty of table & chairs under the shade of Umbrella's or Tree's in the courtyard. This is what we did, filled our tummy, rested our weary legs, and people watched before starting on the final leg of viewing the Castle.

    The Cafe area is located across from Christ Chapel.

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    BIRD'S OF PREY - 8

    by balhannah Written Nov 22, 2011

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    As with most Castle's, there is always a Bird's of Prey Show. We weren't interested as we have seen so many of them.

    Inbetween show's here at Hohenzollern Castle, the Bird's are show. They are chained to rings, and seemed to be quite happy sitting there, with people admiring and taking photo's of them. It was a great photo opportunity! Of course, the Trainer was nearby, and he would answer question's.

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    THE HOHENZOLLERN BAND - 6

    by balhannah Updated Nov 22, 2011

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    If you happen to be at Hohenzollern Castle on an OPEN DAY like we were, then you will see the Castle Band.
    We thoroughly enjoyed it!
    The Band made their way up the Castle Tower that overlooked the main courtyard. Then, the Trumpeter's, who we could see from the bottom, started playing. This went on for a little while, then all the band member's came down, and got together for a photo shoot for the public.
    Dressed in traditional clothes, this was something unique that I hadn't expected to see!

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    CHRIST CHAPEL - 4

    by balhannah Updated Nov 22, 2011

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    Seeing Christ Chapel was next, and as it was open, we proceeded inside for a look.
    There are two Churches at the Castle, a Catholic and Protestant, and Christ Chapel is the latter.

    Friedrich Wilhellm IV wanted this Church built, so he paid for it and had it built in neo-gothic style, similar to Sainte Chapelle of Paris.

    Inside, the stained glass window's were of the birth and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the 12 Apostles. The family Tomb's are no longer in this Church, as they were moved during WWII, incase the Red Army secured them. Then, they were moved back to the Castle, and in 1952, all were moved to Potsdam, in Germany.
    I liked the ceiling painted in Blue with scroll's of gold Flower's and some paintings. Each side wall was lined with Flag's.

    Do take notice of the incredible door when you enter the Church, it is amazing!

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    BURG HOHENZOLLERN

    by balhannah Updated Nov 22, 2011

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    Have you ever planned your driving holiday, and then found a place you really wanted to see but weren't going near it?

    Well, this is what happened when I saw a photo of this huge Burg. I read about it, and I wanted to see it. Only one thing to do, and that was to change our route to include Burg Hohenzollern.

    The castle is located on top of Mount Hohenzollern [2,805 ft above sea level,] and is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family who became German Emperor's.
    It was completely destroyed after a 10-month siege in 1423 by the imperial cities of Swabia, and a
    second larger, stronger Castle was constructed between 1454 to 1461.

    The Castle we went and saw, was the third to be built, and was constructed for Frederick William IV of Prussia between 1846 and 1867. It was built as a family memorial, but no member of the Hohenzollern family lived here until 1945, when it became home to the last Prussian Crown Prince Wilhelm. The Prince and his wife, Crown Princess Cecilie, were buried there, but now have been moved to Potsdam.

    Hohenzollern castle is still privately owned, with two thirds of the castle belonging to the Brandenburg-Prussian line of the Hohenzollern, while one third is owned by the Swabian line of the family. Since 1954 the castle has also been used by the Princess Kira of Prussia Foundation to provide a summer camp for needy children from Berlin.

    Hohenzollern castle has over 300,000 visitors per year, making it one of the most visited castles in Germany.

    You are not allowed to drive to the Castle, instead were told to park our Car and catch the Shuttle Bus.
    The Shuttle Bus station is opposite the parking lot.
    During summer season (16 March - 31 October) the shuttle bus runs between 9:00 and 6.30pm
    During winter season (01 Nov–15 March) the bus shuttle runs only at weekends, public holidays and during school holidays between 10:00 and 5.30pm.
    Feeling energetic, then walking up the steep Mountain path will take approx. 30 minutes.

    SHUTTLE BUS PRICE IN 2011...........
    From the parking lot to the Castle/ or back
    Adult 1.90 EURO....Children .90euro

    RETURN TRIP....ADULT 2.90 euro.....CHILDREN...1.45 euros

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    ST. MICHAEL'S CHAPEL -7

    by balhannah Written Nov 22, 2011

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    St. Michael's Chapel is the Catholic Church at the Castle.

    The Chapel of St. Michael is the oldest part of the castle complex. It has beautiful 13th century stained glass windows and an impressive dragon-slaying statue. Relief's in the Church are sandstone, late Romanesque, that were found in reconstruction work in the 19th century. The entry door to this church has some beautiful carved figures, take a look!

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    INSIDE HOHENZOLLERN CASTLE - 5

    by balhannah Written Nov 22, 2011

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    Being here at the Castle on an Open Day, did have some advantages.
    We were able to wander through the room's, on our own, with-out a guide. There was always somebody on hand to answer question's. I like it this way, as I can move on if bored, or stay longer if there is something I am really interested in!

    We started our tour in the Ancestral Hall, which had the whole 'family tree' covering the walls, fantastic!
    Next, was the Banqueting Hall, also known as the Ballroom or the Count’s Hall where statue's and portrait's were on display. The Library, had painting's depicting scenes from legends and actual historical events concerning the history of the first two Castle's. We saw the former private quarters of the king and queen, the Treasure Chamber, which has occupied the premises of the former castle kitchens since the 1950s. It's here, the Crown created for the Prussian king in 1889, is on display. Other valuable articles produced by gold and silver smith's, valuable Porcelain, Medal's, Keepsake's, Clothing, plus weapons and armour.

    One of the most famous exhibits is a snuff box, which used to belong to Friedrich the Great.
    It saved his life at the battle of Kunersdorf, by deflecting a bullet that had been fired at him.

    Just wished I could have taken photo's for my memory, but......

    NO PHOTO'S ARE ALLOWED

    Well, I just had to make do with the outsdie!

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    THE GATE TOWER & MAIL BOX - 3

    by balhannah Updated Nov 21, 2011

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    The next gate we came to was the tall Gate Tower & Mail Box. This is an impressive Gate Tower!
    After we pass through here, we see the Carriage Courtyard, where the Horse and Carriage's arrived and departed from. This Gate is actually located along an inner Wall, that protected the Castle.
    The Protestant, Christ Chapel is in this courtyard.

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    BURG HOHENZOLLERN ENTRANCE -1

    by balhannah Updated Nov 21, 2011

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    The Shuttle Bus dropped us off nearly at the Eagle's Gate, which is the main entrance to the Castle.
    What a surprise I had when going to pay, as I was told it was an "open day," and entry was free.

    In we walked through the massive Eagle Gate, and along the cobblestoned circular driveway. This drive-way, would have been built this way, to make it easier for the Horse and Carriage's to overcome the steep hill that leads into the main part of the Castle. We then passed through a very thick walled Tunnel before entering the Castle courtyard.
    Hohenzollern Castle has seven successive Gate's for us to walk through!

    OPEN......Winter season:1 November – 15 March: 10 - 4.30pm every day
    Summer season: 16 March – 31 October: 10 - 5.30pm every day
    The Castle is closed only on 24 December.
    On 31 December the Castle is open from 10-3pm and on 01 January from 11 -4.30pm

    ADMISSION IN 2011
    A tour to the Casemates and to the secret passage is included.
    The visit of the interior rooms is only possible with a guided tour (category II).

    ADULT....5 euro....Child..4 euro's

    Category II: Castle complex and visiti of the Castle rooms
    Adult .....10 euros....Child up to 17 years...5 euro's

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    VIEW POINT ZELLER HORN -2

    by balhannah Updated Nov 21, 2011

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    We are now inside the Castle Wall's and winding our way up the hill to where we enter the Schnarrwach Bastion and the Zeller Horn view point through another Castle gate, this one has a couple of statue's on top. We walked past a hidden sunken garden, whether it was always this, I don't know!
    The view from here is of the Zeller Horn Mountain, and surrounding countryside. If you go to Zeller Horn Mountain, there is a view point overlooking Hohenzollern Castle. In the corner of this area, is the Schnarrwach Bastion.
    After having a look around here, it was time to move on through the high Gate Tower to the main part of the Castle.

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    Burg Hohenzollern

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 13, 2011

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    A first castle was already built in the 11th century on that place, but it has been completely destroyed in 1423. A larger castle was built shortly afterwards, which had to rebuilt again in the 19th century as it had fell into ruins over the time. It also has suffered from several earthquakes, and inside you can still see traces at the wall from the earthquake in the 70s, when also a balcony and several other parts of the castle fell down. Today the castle is still privately owned by the ancestors of the House of Hohenzollern, a princely family.

    To reach the castle, you have to walk a lot - or take a shuttle bus (see transportation tip). If you walk you'll have to take 200 stairs and a steep paved path until you reach the entrance. Wee needed 20 minutes from the highest car park. After you have paid the admission you will have to walk along a street that raises up again, through several gates, until you reach the ramparts. From there you have a nice view on the Swabian Alb and you can go all around the castle. When you follow the street up you'll reach the inner court which is rather small compared to the whole castle. There are also so-called casemates, but they were very little and I found them pretty disappointing.

    From the inner court the guided tours are starting. Our tour took about 40 minutes and was very interesting although you will only see a small part of the castle. You can visit the interiors in wheelchair also, but you first need to overcome the stairs to enter the rooms. Then everything is flat, and you can take the stairs at the entrance back down as the other ones are more narrow spiral stairs.
    Dogs are allowed on the castle grounds, but not in the rooms.

    Admission (adults): 5,- € castle grounds including the two chapels and the casemates; 10,- € castle grounds & guided tour
    Parking: 2 €

    Open daily March to October from 9:00 to 17:30, from November to March from 10:00 to 16:30.

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    Sculptures of Hohenzollerns

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 10, 2011

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    The sculptures around and inside the castle are the work of Gustav Willgohs.
    Hohenzollern (from Hohenzollern in Swabia) - a dynasty of Brandenburg kurfurst (1415-1701), Prussian kings (1701-1918), the German emperors (1871-1918), the Romanian kings (1866-1947).

    One of the most durable European dynasties, Hohenzollern owned the grounds in this area during 900 years and were saved till now as the crow flies in two basic branches - Swabian and Prussian.

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    Eagles’s Gate

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 10, 2011

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    The impressive entryway called the Eagles’s Gate is the work of the Engineer-Officer Moritz Karl Ernst von Prittwitz who was considered the leading fortifications engineer in Prussia.

    The Hohenzollern Castle is a monument to the ideals of the German Romanticism movement and incorporated the idealized vision of what a medieval knight's castle should be. In this way Hohenzollern Castle is similar to Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria which we love so much.

    Construction began in 1850, and was funded entirely by the Brandenburg-Prussian and the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen lines of the Hohenzollern family. Seventeen years later construction was completed on October 3, 1867 under William IV's brother King William I. The castle was damaged in an earthquake on September 3, 1978 and was under repair until the mid-1990s.

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