Castles in Germany
The best views of Burg Hohenzollern are usually from the distance, but with the less-than-stellar weather…that wasn’t really the case

Burg Hohenzollern Castle

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 Burg Hohenzollern.

Privately owned, Burg 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.

Berg Hohenzollern
On the way up to the castle
German Castle
Castle Grounds
Foggy castle
Foggy day at the castle
German castle
Courtyard looked spooky in the foggy weather
Castle
I just loved the details of the castle. Very often tourists view castles from a distance (like I did at Schwerin) but much of the spectacle is in the details
Castle hiking
Hike up to the castle
Hohenzollern Castle
The Burg Hohenzollern has been rebuilt three separate times over the centuries
family tree
The Hohenzollern family tree takes up an entire room in the castle
Berg Hohenzollern
Burg Hohenzollern
stereotypical castle
There’s your stereotypical castle photo
Hohenzollern
Luxury living in the castle – though many of the rooms weren’t actually used in recent centuries as the family had numerous residences
castle entrance
Entrance to the castle
drawbridge
What castle wouldn’t be complete without a drawbridge?!
Iron Cross
The Iron Cross is famous in German history but did you know it originated with King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia in the early 1800s?
Prussia
Wallpaper in the castle – because the patterns and style was just so rich!
prussian king crown
The crown jewels! Not as majestic maybe as England’s but Prussia can hold its own.
palace
Again – beauty in the details
prussia
A Prussian landmark! There aren’t many of those these days…
Berg Hohenzollern
A view of the castle from the inside

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.

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