Burg Hohenzollern or Hohenzollern Castle is located approximately 50 kilometres south of Stuttgart, Germany and it is considered the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family which emerged in the Middle Ages. The castles is said to have been built in the 11th century and it was destroyed several times throughout history before being finally re-built between the years 1850-1867. The castle is situated 855 meters above sea level on an isolated mountain.
The castle is with no doubt one of the prettiest of its kind and Germany’s largest. The owners of the castle today are descendants from the same original family which is pretty impressive considering the date it was built. If you choose your time of visit wisely, you will not only be blown away by the castle itself, but also by the green and beautiful scenery.
Getting to the castle is a bit tricky. There are two daily trains from Stuttgart Hauptbahnof to Hechingen station and from there a shuttle bus that will drive you up the mountain to the castle entrance. The journey takes a little over an hour plus or, if you feel up to it you can walk from the car park to the castle. The hike will give you an appreciation for what Swabian attackers had to endure when they attacked the castle and destroyed it in 1423, during a ten-month siege. The history of the place is fascinating and tumultuous as it was completely destroyed and re-built twice until Engineer-Officer Moritz Karl Ernst von Prittwitz gave it the Gothic-Revival style look we see today. The chambers of the hotel were not permanently inhabited but were used for the historical artefacts belonging to the Hohenzollern family.
Looking like it was taken out from a fairytale, at the nucleus of the castle lays a tiny chapel dedicated to St. Michael in 1061 and over successive centuries the castle was built around the chapel making it the oldest part of the entire castle. The inner courtyard is a wonder to behold and the castle courtyard makes up for fabulous photos and breathtaking views. The tour of the castle is a display of German history and a glimpse into the Hohenzollern Castle’s rich past.
The trip is definitely worth it, moreover if you are a fan of such impressive architectural structures. Hohenzollern Castle is a must-see landmark of south western Germany and is opened daily throughout the year. There is even a café on the castle grounds so I say it is a pretty entertaining way of spending a day of your weekend.