The Hohenzollern Castle in Germany is known as the patrimonial home of the Prussian kings. Later, this majestic palace became the home of the Swabian Princes of Hohenzollern. This ancient castle, which is preserved with utmost care, is counted among the top tourist destinations in Germany.
The early history of Hohenzollern Castle could not be documented properly due to reasons unknown. It was probably in 1061 that the castle was built and the first recorded history of the castle in 1267 does not give a clear idea about its construction. It is assumed to have been built in the first decade of the 11th century. The castle was fully destroyed in 1423 by the Swabian rulers. A bigger castle was built in 1454. Several renovations were performed in the following years.
In 1819 Frederick William IV visited this place and planned to restore the home of his ancestors. A new look was given to the castle with the help of Rudolf Count Stillfried. The design of the castle was changed frequently and the political upheaval in the country repeatedly hampered the construction work. The outcome was noteworthy as the Hohenzollern Castle is one of the few castles in the European continent built in a neo-Gothic style.
The year 1952 was a remarkable year as Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia began the decoration the palace. The castle boasts of number of memorabilia and documents which preserve the history of the royal family.
Hohenzollern Castle Location Map
Facts about Hohenzollern Castle
- The castle is situated at an altitude of 855 meters above sea level.
- The mountain on which the castle rests is known as Zollerberg.
- The castle’s cemetery and some parts of the nearby area have burials of the royal personalities.
Where is Hohenzollern Castle ?
Located about 50 km south of Stuttgart in Germany, the castle can be reached within an hour from the Stuttgart Airport.
Best time to visit Hohenzollern Castle
The best time to visit the Hohenzollern Castle in Germany is from May through September, when the days are long.
Hohenzollern Castle Address
72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany
Hohenzollern Castle Hours
The Hohenzollern Castle opens at the following timings:
During the summer season, the castle opens daily between March 16 and October 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
During the winter season, the castle opens daily between November 1 and March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hohenzollern Castle Tickets
The entry ticket to the Hohenzollern Castle costs €7.00 per adult and €5.00 per child.
More about Hohenzollern Castle
Nearby Attractions: Oldtimermuseum Zollernalb, Roman Open-Air Museum Villa Rustica, Restaurant and Museum Hechingen city hall, Hohenzollerisches Landesmuseum, and Zellerhornwiese.
Image Credit : A. KnieselPublished On: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014