Beatiful Castle in Beathtaking Scenery
One of the Best Castle's in Germany!
After enjoying a rest, we made our way down to the lower courtyard. This is situated between the inner and outer Battlement Wall'sA 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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Hohenzollern Castle – an enjoyable journey through German history!Standard Guided ToursEnjoy a guided tour through show- and staterooms in the Castle, the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern dynasty which produced Prussian Kings and German Emperors. Here history becomes alive! Illustrations and highly pleasurable anecdotes and stories refer to the...more
The castle is located on top of Mount Hohenzollern at an elevation of 855 meters above sea level, 234 m above Hechingen and nearby Bisingen, both located at the foothills of the Swabian Alb. Among the locals this mountain is known as Zollerberg (Zoller Mountain) or simply as Zoller. The mountain lends its name to the local geographic region, the...more
Hohenzollern castle is still privately owned. Two thirds of the castle belongs 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...more
Very good swabian food in the castle Hohenzollern.
Favorite Dish: Kaesspaetzle are alwyas different and I say I can recognise a good restaurant by the Kaesspaetzle. And in the Burgschenke they makes good Kaesspatzle. The other food is also good. If I have time and money, I would be every day there and test all dishes. :-)
If you don't want to walk up from the car park to the castle, you can take the bus shuttle. They usually wait at the car park, and to go down there's a bell at the bus station next to the entry. We never had to wait long.The bus goes daily from mid of March to end of October, and in winter only on week-ends, public holidays and school holidays. For...more
On A 81 (Stuttgart–Singen), exit Empfingen, on B463 in direction Balingen, then on B 27 in direction Hechingen (in Hechingen, Burg Hohenzollern signposts give you the direction) or via B 27 (Stuttgart–Tübingen-Hechingen-Balingen), exit Burg Hohenzollern. The road leads through the forest directly to the parking lot of the Castle. A sufficient...more
Castle Hohenzollern is about 65Km south of Stuttgart, by the town of Hechingen. The castle can easily be seen on top of Burg Hohenzollern from a great distance, well before the signs for the castle begin. The B27 leads from Stuttgart to Hechingen, and near the town follow the signs to the caste.Once at the castle, parking is 2Eur. You can ascend...more
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the Castle complex, however not accepted in the show rooms. Dogs can be taken along in the shuttle bus and into the Castle pub, provided safety and comfort of other guests is guaranteed.
You will even see the Hundebistro (Dogbistro)!
Unfortunately we learnt about it only when we climbed to the top and reached the entrance into the Castle. If we knew before we took our German shepherds with us otherwise they were waiting for us into our car on the parking…
We always consider forbidding photography and video as a great tourist trap for us wherever and whenever we met such circumstances…
Unfortunately it is not allowed to take pictures (also without flash) as well as filming in the show rooms of the Castle. It’s a pity…
That’s why you can see here only pictures and video from outside the Castle and inside the Chapel.
You can watch my 6 min 26 sec Video Hohenzollern Burg and Castle out of my Youtube channel.
From 1859 to 1877, Romania evolved from a personal union of two vassal principalities (Moldavia and Wallachia) under a single prince to a full-fledged independent kingdom with a Hohenzollern monarchy. In 1918, at the end of World War I, Transylvania, Eastern Moldavia (Bassarabia), and Bukovina united with the Kingdom of Romania, resulting in a...more
I still keep the book about Zollenalb County in my classroom.It was a splendid gift from Germany!After all my friends had seen it, I decided to take it to my school.There are good pictures of the castle.The book is in three languages: German, English and French.Der Zollernalbkreis.Bilder einer Landschaft.Druck+Verlagshaus Hermann Daniel,Balingen...more
This fairytale castle is one of the most beautiful and most visited castles in Europe, located on top of a hill, giving spectacular views out across the Swabian Alb.Don ' t forget :the castle is open throughout the year and can be visited daily with a guided tour. It is closed on December 24th 2008 only.Opening Hours:March 16th - October 31th:9.00...more