The majestic silhouette of this massive castle is visible from miles away. The Hohenzollern House of Prussia was the most powerful family in German history. It lost its throne when Kaiser William II abdicated after Germany's defeat in World War I. The Swabian branch of the family owns one-third of the castle, the Prussian branch two-thirds. Today's neo-Gothic structure, perched high on a conical wooded hill, is a successor of a castle dating from the 11th century. On the
fascinating castle tour you'll see the Prussian royal crown and beautiful period rooms, all opulent from floor to ceiling, with such playful details as door handles carved to resemble peacocks and dogs. The restaurant on the castle grounds, Burgschänke (closed January and Monday in February and March) serves regional food. From the castle parking lot (€2) it's a 20-minute walk to the entrance, or in summer take the shuttle bus (€3 round-trip, €1.85 one-way).
25 km (15 miles) south of Tübingen on B–27, Hechingen, 72379, Germany