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One of Germany’s Prettiest Castles: Burg Hohenzollern

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


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


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


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?


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.


Again – beauty in the details


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.

  1. Beautiful. I may have to make a trip there! I was just near Stuttgart for the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival and the Palace.

    • Adam says:

      Pumpkin Festival, what?! Sounds cool! Stuttgart isn’t bad but it’s much better when you can get out for a day trip or two :)

  2. Maria says:

    Love the architecture and that misty fog. Wow!

  3. Ryan from Jets Like Taxis says:

    Nice shots, Adam. Especially creepy on such a foggy day. It’s great to see visits to some of the ‘lesser-known’ castles in Germany, as everyone just automatically makes a bee-line for Neuschwanstein.

    • Adam says:

      I had actually been hoping for a sunny day because then I could’ve gotten more impressive photos I think. Though in the end the fog was pretty special.

      And completely agree about the lesser-known sites in Germany. Schwerin Castle was really impressive when I visited earlier this year. Still haven’t made it to Neuschwanstein

  4. SnarkyNomad says:

    I can never get enough castles. Particularly the ones with spiky towers, which are often the best. Interesting how it’s still owned by the same family. I wonder how many castles like that still exist…

    • Adam says:

      I don’t imagine there are many castles still owned by the original family!! I thought that was really interesting though

  5. Corinne says:

    Love the foggy photos. The fog adds so much character and beauty

    • Adam says:

      Indeed Corinne! I was a bit disappointed with the bad weather, but was pleasantly surprised to get some nice photos out of it :)

  6. Synke says:

    Great pictures Adam! Love your eye on the details!

  7. Great picture to share with us. I will have to make trip there.

  8. Very lovely account and beautiful photos, Adam! I’ve been living in Germany for about 1.5 years now and I loved this castle to. You must visit Schloss Neuschwanstein if you have time. :)


  9. Rebecca says:

    something out of a fairy tale!

  10. Jay B. says:

    Privately owned by the descendants of the house of Hohenzollern?? Amazing..this is why I love Europe! The castle looks like it could easily fit into one of the George Martin´s fantasy books. The foggy weather adds to the atmosphere, that´s for sure, but, still, it´s a shame you didn´t get to appreciate the views. They must be stunning from that hilltop.

  11. Amy Cruz says:

    The love the whole historical aspect of this- looks great! :)

  12. Audrey says:

    It looks so eerie in the fog! I visited a few years back and I really enjoyed the hike up through the forest. Also, I remember our guide telling us stories about how the young owners of the castle had been known to throw some wild raves. Not a bad place for a party… ;)

  13. Jesper Kofod says:

    I learn so much about cultures just from your blog, thanks so much! :)

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