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“Beautiful Castle”

Castle of Hohenzollern
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Hechingen
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Owner description: The Swabian castle of Hohenzollern is the ancestral seat of German princely family in the Black Forest.
Reviewed 28 August 2014

Hohenzollern castle is impressive both from afar and from up close. Loads of great photo ops!

To get to the castle there is a 20-ish minute intense, steep hike so bring comfy shoes! We both felt like the walk up was the equivalent of walking up about 20 flights of stairs, and pretty much everyone we saw on the way up was out of breath. At an extra fee there is a bus that can take you up there if you prefer not to walk.

The castle itself is worth a visit, though for me at least, the interior didn't seem to be particularly memorable. Be aware that English tours are not available very regularly so you may want to time your visit in accordance with the English tours. We got there in the morning and were told the next English tour was only at 2pm, so we ended up taking the German tour and just reading along with a borrowed guidebook they provided us for free. To be honest, this turned out better than expected because it meant we could lag behind the tour group and take our time seeing everything at our own pace. If you do this, just take care not to lag too far behind otherwise you may find yourself lost and going up alarmed staircases or something... (whoops.. :D)

Definitely a great site to appreciate for a couple of hours, a chance to see the surrounding valley from a the castle's higher vantage point, and a chance to get some exercise into your day too if you opt for the hike!

(NB Just thought I'd say for comparison's sake, this doesn't even come close to the amazingness of Neuschwanstein Castle.)

5  Thank L1OR85
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Reviewed 26 August 2014 via mobile

If you don't mind a steep hike and missing a tour of the interior, the best time to visit is an hour after closing. You can still walk up the road inside the castle to the courtyard and enjoy the fabulous views, having the place almost to yourself!

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Reviewed 25 August 2014

It's a bit off the beaten path but if you have a car it's worth the stop. You need to allow time to park in one of the two lots (upper fills up first) and then pay for the shuttle bus to the castle. Then the entrance fee - but it's a nice 'new' castle based upon older designs. And the views are amazing. Especially from some of the interior rooms. We were lucky to arrive on a Saturday where tours weren't required, so we could wander at our own pace. The slippers you get to protect the hardwoods from your shoes are a hoot - too bad they don't let you take photos of those (no interior photos allowed whatsoever). Be sure and find the cellars down below and wander under the castle itself and come out on a different side. We had a good picnic lunch in the courtyard area, supplemented by beverages and frites from their food stands. Be sure and allow enough time to see it all and take lots of photos.

3  Thank FoiledSeattle
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Super impressive and a must for Prussia nerds - you'll see the Prussian-German crown, clothes, vests and flutes of Frederick the Great, Queen Luise and others as well es the tobacco box that saved Frederick the Great's life during the Seven Years War. For the famous panorama view of the castle, definetely do the hike up the nearby mountain, you won't regret it!

5  Thank berlinizer
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Reviewed 23 August 2014 via mobile

This castle is awesome! Great option for those who are close to Hechingen. There are guided visits inside the castle both in German and English.

Thank Pedro F
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