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Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle

 

 

 

Location: 50 km (30 mi) South of Stuttgart Map

Open: Nov- 15 March 10am- 4:30pm

16 March- Oct 10am- 5:30pm

 

Entrance Fee: 5 Euro, children 4 Euro

Tel. +49 (0) 7471 2428

Official site

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle is located 50 km (30 mi) South of Stuttgart in Germany. The original medieval Hohenzollern Castle stood here since the first half of the 11th century. The last version of the citadel that stands here today was constructed in 1846- 67 on the orders of Frederick William IV, King of Prussia. Several royals are also buried on the ground of the stronghold. Hohenzollern Castle on this strategic hill was originally constructed in the early 11th century by the Hohenzollern family. Its defenses were formidable and quiet impressive. Hohenzollern Castle got a nick name of "Crown of all Castles in Swabia", however in 1423 it was captured and completely destroyed. Just two decades later in 1454 the castle was reconstructed. The last time it was actively used as a military fortification was during Thirty Years War in 1618- 48. Changing military technologies made the stronghold obsolete and it fell in disrepair. In 1819 the reconstruction of a former citadel was undertaken by king Frederick William IV. He erected a neo- Gothic Hohenzollern Castle that is probably one of the most picturesque castles in Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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