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WHAT: Hohenzollern Castle
WHERE: near the village of Hechingen, south of Stuttgart;
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WHY: Quick daytrip to a stunning castle
WHEN: Any time of year!
HOW: Short morning or afternoon trip for those in the
Castle is situated at the summit of a Swabian hill overlooking the
small town of Hechingen. This idyllic castle looks like it was
taken straight out of a fairy tale: with its tall towers and
seven successive gates.
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At the nucleus of the castle lies a tiny chapel dedicated to St.
Michael in 1061. Over successive centuries, local German
princes constructed a castle around this chapel.
While its foundations are a millennium old, the castle has been
assaulted, torn down, built, and rebuilt. Over its first 400
years, the castle fell twice in furious bombardments from catapults,
archers, and swordsmen. Then in 1453, the castle was leveled
to the ground.
In 1850, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia and his cousin Prince
Karl Anton von Hohenzollern began construction of a new castle atop
these 400-year-old ruins. The castle was finished in 1867 and
soon became a symbol of the new rulers of southwest Germany.
The statues at the castle's base portray many Prussian kings and
Kings and Queens from the many branches of the Hohenzollern family
around Europe had their roots at this castle. The
Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen family tree is one of the highlights of a
tour of the castle. This extensive tree is painted on one of the walls
inside the castle, and an examination of the branches of the family
will reveal notable Prussian kings such as Frederick the Great.
Hohenzollern Castle is a must-see landmark for travelers in
Southwestern Germany. The
castle offers a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside with
lush forests, green farmland, and a few tiny villages. There
is also a cafe on the castle grounds.
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You may only view the interior of the castle as part of a guided
tour, and the castle only offers tours in German. You may
purchase tickets in the castle office in the main courtyard.
The castle is open daily
throughout the year except on Christmas Eve. From 16 March -
01 November, the castle is open from 9:00-5:30. From 01
November - 15 March the castle is open from 9:00-4:30.
You can call the castle office via phone at (0 74) 71 24 28.
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marking the marking lot below, to make use of the maps' "To Here"
The road to the castle ends in a parking lot three-quarters of the
way up the hill. Shuttle buses run regularly between the parking
lot and the front gate. You can also
take the footpath up the mountainside (approximately 15 minutes),
but it is a very steep climb. Even from the front gate, the path
inside the castle corkscrews up through several more gates until you
reach the upper courtyard.
The green icon marks the castle itself on the map, and the two "fork
and knife" icons mark the castle restaurant and cafe.
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