Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley Sights

Burg Hohenzollern

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/23/2016

Fodor's Review

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 45-minute 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, and there's an outdoor beer garden in season. From the castle parking lot it's a 20-minute walk to the entrance, or in summer take the shuttle bus (€3.10 round-trip, €1.90 one way).

  • Burg Hohenzollern; Tubingen, Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley, Germany, Europe

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Sight Information


25 km (15 miles) south of Tübingen on B–27, Hechingen, Baden-Württemberg, 72379, Germany



Sight Details:

  • €12 including interior rooms; €7 without
  • Castle and shuttle bus: mid-Mar.–Oct., daily 9–5:30; Nov.–mid-Mar., daily 10–4:30

Published 04/23/2016


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