A short ride outside of Germany’s unofficial car capital Stuttgartt sits one of the country’s prettiest castles. In a country with over 200 castles, this is no small feat. Probably the country’s most famous castle is the Neuschwanstein, but Baden-Württemberg (southwestern Germany)’s largest castle is the Berg Hohenzollern.
Privately owned, Berg Hohenzollern is an important site in Purssian history. It’s essentially where Prussian lineage began (and eventually divided). The castle was the ancestral home of the Hohenzollern dynasty, ruling over Prussia from the Middle Ages up until the end of the First World War. The owners of the castle today are descendants from the same family tree!
I visited on a cloudy October day, so unfortunately the pretty views I was expecting weren’t there. Although the walk up from the car park to the castle was sufficiently eerie.
Visit Burg Hohenzollern
Visits to the castle cost 5€ but if you’re there during select hours, you can also join a guided tour for an additional 5€. Getting to the castle is a bit tricky. There are two daily trains from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to Hechingen station. From there, a shuttle bus (or taxi) will drive you up the mountain to the castle entrance. The trains depart Stuttgart at 10:16 and 12:16 and the journey takes just over one hour.
More information about the castle can be found on their official website.
Please note: I was a guest of the Hohenzollern Castle while on a trip with other bloggers, as part of a partnership with the Deutsche Bahn & Baden-Württemberg Tourism. Learn more about that trip here.