Hohenzollern Castle

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Peek-a-boo, I see a castle

So another day trip with my dad and his girlfriend from my home near Stuttgart.  I asked them if they wanted to see a very pretty castle and both of them said yes. My dad’s legs aren’t the newest anymore so we always have to make sure that’s it’s not too strenuous – not that he ever complains while he has something he can film on his camcorder. ;)

We set out on our drive to Hechingen at after our late breakfast and the drive was a bit more adventurous this time around because the direct route on B27 was under construction. So you know how it goes:  You’re driving, you’re talking, you don’t listen to the GPS, and you get a bit lost.

One of my favorite aspects of this castle - this old gate
  Oh well, makes for a good story. Haha Well, not that great, so I’ll spare you.

When coming from Stuttgart my GPS tends to take me off the highway one exit too soon and then I have to drive through the whole town.  Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame still on me… Maybe the third time I’ll remember and stay on B27 to the exit for the castle. ;)

We finally arrived at the foot of the hill where Hohenzollern castle is located at around 1:00pm; plenty of time to hike up and explore everything.  Like I mentioned in a previous blog about Hohenzollern the hike is about 25 – 35 minutes depending on your physical fitness.  Dad with his bum knee made it in 30, so it really isn’t that bad. Along the way we saw snow. Yes, SNOW!  We hadn’t realized that it had been this cold in the area.

Schloss Hohenzollern - The beer garden was closed.
 

The castle is located on the top of a hill in the otherwise fairly flat land around Hechingen. You can see it from a couple of kilometers away just sitting there and looking beautiful. We arrived at the castle and I paid for everyone to get in.  We explored the outside first because the tour of the inside wasn’t going to happen for another hour.  They do English and German tours of the inside. For exact times I would give them a call ahead of time.  They change the times around a bit depending on the time of year and time of the week. I really should put all this in a review about the place… so let me stop right here.

I enjoy Hohenzollern, because it is conveniently close to where I live. It’s not as crowded as other castles.  The people that do the tour are family/owners of the place.

Love this view - Fall can be pretty too.
I’ve done a German tour and an English tour. They were both very good and they’re always different. It’s not someone reciting something that has been drilled into their brains. The tour is with heart and you can tell.

Dad and Irene enjoyed it very much as well.  Before and after the tour we explored the outside and the two chapels (one Protestant, one Catholic) which are not part of the indoor tour.  On my previous visit I had completely missed the two chapels with their stained glass windows. Very pretty!

http://www.burg-hohenzollern.com/startpage.html 

We enjoyed some food and hot and cold beverages at the on-site restaurant, which was neither expensive nor cheap, but I remember the soup heated me up nicely and dad got to enjoy his beer. 

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Peek-a-boo, I see a castle
Peek-a-boo, I see a castle
One of my favorite aspects of this…
One of my favorite aspects of thi…
Schloss Hohenzollern - The beer ga…
Schloss Hohenzollern - The beer g…
Love this view - Fall can be prett…
Love this view - Fall can be pret…
Snow!!
Snow!!
The entrance to the castle
The entrance to the castle
Some old, some new
Some old, some new
Views of the surrounding forest
Views of the surrounding forest
I locked them away in the tower
I locked them away in the tower
In the fall afternoon sun the wall…
In the fall afternoon sun the wal…
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Inside one of the chapels
Inside one of the chapels
Inside one of the chapels
Inside one of the chapels
Inside one of the chapels
Inside one of the chapels
Inside one of the chapels
Inside one of the chapels
Inside one of the chapels
Inside one of the chapels
The knocker
The knocker
Entrance to the gift shop and rest…
Entrance to the gift shop and res…
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Old door, not in use anymore
Old door, not in use anymore
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Dad, firing up the cannon
Dad, firing up the cannon
Inside the other chapel - wild gue…
Inside the other chapel - wild gu…
Inside the other chapel
Inside the other chapel
St Michael killing a dragon
St Michael killing a dragon
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern - this is whe…
Schloss Hohenzollern - this is wh…
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
In all its glory
In all its glory
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
Schloss Hohenzollern
A miniature
A miniature
In the dungeon
In the dungeon
Old guard room
Old guard room
Old wall
Old wall
Gorgeous weather
Gorgeous weather
The sun was working hard to get th…
The sun was working hard to get t…
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photo by: brandonchen