Hechingen Travel Blog› entry 14 of 26 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.