After a few days, when we were with my in-laws in Nördlingen, I wanted to show them a beautiful castle, which can be found in the middle of Baden-Württemberg, in this case, not far away from the place we live.
It is not as well-known as Neuschwanstein Castle, the most popular German castle among tourists from around the world who come to visit all year round, which is, for us, a big plus! That means no long queues just to get a ticket and definitely not as crowded!
I was the last time on the castle Hohenzollern when I was a little kid and I have always remembered this castle, in contrast to the many other castles that I have already seen.
When we got there, the castle was visible from afar, as it is on a 230m high mountain. The sight caught me again, and I was very happy to return there after such a long time.
The first fortress on the mountain was constructed in the early 11th century and got completely destroyed in 1423. The castle we can see know was built between 1846 and 1867 as a family memorial.
Halfway up the mountain is the parking lot, there is the possibility to take the shuttle bus or take a 20-minute walk. At the parking lot, there is a souvenir store where they also sell the tickets for the entrance to the castle and also the bus.
Information on prices and opening times can be found here.
We preferred to take the bus, because my in-laws are a little older… ok ok… I’m also a bit lazy 😉
Once up there, we entered the castle area through the so-called (Adlertor) Eagle gate with the small drawbridge.
From there it went higher and higher into the castle courtyard by four windings.
The view is simply wonderful and already the outside area invites you to stay longer.
The castle building can be viewed from the inside with a guided tour, this is also offered in English. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to take photographs in the interior rooms. The tour takes about 1 hour and there are various rooms, the armory and the treasure chamber to visit.
If you are more interested in ancient weapons, I can recommend Sigmaringen Castle, because it has a much more extensive collection of weapons. The castle is located in the beautiful Danube valley and is about 50 minutes from the castle Hohenzollern. Also, this castle is very worth seeing.
So if you are coming to Baden-Württemberg, I highly recommend visiting this wonderful castle.