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Castle of Hohenzollern, Hechingen

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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Castle of Hohenzollern is home to a wealth of Prussian artifacts--including a letter from U.S. President George Washington thanking Baron von Steuben for his service in the American Revolutionary War. It's also the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, who became German Emperors. The castle complex, chapels, and cellars can be explored independently. Look for the crown of Wilhelm II, plus King Frederick the Great's personal items. To see the interior rooms, you must take a guided tour (most are in German). Check the website for more information about English tours. Put Castle of Hohenzollern at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hechingen family vacation planner.
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  • Compared to other castle on the mountain, an epic feel. Go rent a car. There are shuttle from parking lot. Tour of Germany was in the article as you can while watching it.
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  • Castle to see, it is the 3rd built on the Hill and so recent, 149 years ago, it was not built to live. Guided tour very well (in German, but I come from the corner), nice young man. To get there, we took the "Pendelbus" (bus), paying € 2,60 per person! (but you can get a foot for free) just before the parking € 2 + visit guided pay €12 / person. It's private, but it's been expensive visit (we were 4 adults). From the time of the season fresh this week, no "Rote mit apples" just a beer, too bad, the restaurant was quite expensive
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  • On a mountaintop of about 850 meters altitude is the idyllic Burg Hohenzollern. By the high location, the impression is created that the Castle watches over the area. By his many beautiful towers is this castle in the meantime has become one of the most popular attractions in the black forest area.
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  • Hohenzollern is my personal favorite; the views are spectacular, it's not super touristy, and it's a beautiful castle in its own right. If you don't have a car, you do need to plan a bit- but it's well worth it!
  • Big and beautiful castle in a stunning location. It's worth the visit but be advised it's expensive: you're forced to park downhill (2€ parking) and either walk uphill trough a very steep path or pay 2.5€/person each way to use the shuttle (we used it to go up and then walked down) the entrance ticket is also expensive: 12€/p for adults, although they have some discounts for families. The castle itself is huge and you can walk some of the rooms (no pictures allowed inside the rooms)
  • Nice views and beautiful castle. I found the tour disappointing. English tours are rare (only once a day on weekdays), so we took the German tour. It's not worth the money if you don't understand German. So I'd rather have skipped it and enjoyed the views around the castle.
  • Gorgeous castle. You can see it from a distance many miles away as it is situated on top of a hill. To get there, park your car at the base where you pay 2 Euros for parking. Then you can either walk up or take the shuttle. Walking is a better option if you don't have kids as it's free, though be warned, it's a lot of steps and maybe takes 20-30min depending on your fitness level. Shuttle is a more relaxed option but you pay for it. I would personally walk, but since I was brining a stroller and two kids, I was happy to let the bus driver take my money. Castle tickets can be bought either at the parking or at the castle. There is an additional ticket which gives you access via a tour, through areas of the castle normally out of limits. I didn't do that because I was short or time, and this was my fourth castle in Germany, so was getting a bit weary. That said I would go in if you haven't seen it before.
  • Although the Germans consider Hohenzollern to be kitsch, because it was built in the mid 19th century, long after such fortified palaces served any real military purpose, we visited it several times while I was at the university in Tuebingen in the mid 1960's, and enjoyed it every time. This summer we are going to take 3 of our grand sons there just because it is so pretty and so much fun.
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