Once the throne of the Prussian emperors, the Hohenzollern Castle is a sample of the English and French Neo Gothic Architecture built in Germany. It stands on top of Mount Hohenzollern and therefore is at a height of 855 metres above the sea level. The nearest big city to the Hohenzollern Castle is Stuttgart which is at distance of 50 kilometres.
The Hohenzollern Castle has been through stages of neglect and dilapidation and currently stands in its third version which got initiated by King Frederick of Prussia in the years 1846 and 1867. However, the first version of the castle got built in the 11th century by the Hohenzollern families and its destruction came through a siege which was done by the imperial cities of Swabia. Thereafter, the second castle came in to existence in 1454 which acted more as a refuge for the Roman Catholic Hohenzollerns during the Thirty Years War. During all these times the ownership of the Hohenzollern Castle constantly kept changing and during the 19th century the castle fell in to a condition of major disrepair. It was then that effort for making the current structure was made by the Crown Prince who saw the family castle in the sorry state.
The current Hohenzollern Castle with its fortifications and towers was a dream of the Crown Prince which he got designed by architect Friedrich August Stuler and till the current day remains under the private ownership of the Hohenzollern lines. With its imposing structure, the Hohenzollern Castle is considered to be a masterpiece of both military and civil architecture. Along with the surrounding scenery of the Swabian albs, it is famous amongst a large number of tourists for its picturesqueness.
Though the Hohenzollern Castle is not known to be a typical museum but, it has conserved a number of artefacts of the German royal era. The castle has 140 chambers right now whose walls are adorned with the paintings of the Hohenzollern family tree and a variety of murals too. Amongst the notable rooms are the King’s bedrooms, the family tree hall, and the Queen Blue Salon. In the last mentioned room, the roof is stunningly gilded, and there are a number of Portraits of the earlier Prussian Queens. Some Royal treasury is also kept on display in the Hohenzollern Castle which includes the crown of Kaiser Wilhelm II. In the current times too, the castle is considered to be an alternate home for the members of the royal family in times of need. The last Prussian Crown Prince Wilhelm resided there with his wife in the year 1945 and also got buried there after their deaths.
In the current times the finance for the maintenance of the Hohenzollern Castle is generated from the admission fee of the visitors. The castle hosts a number of events across the year which keeps an inflow of visitors as well. There are particular timings of visiting the Hohenzollern Castle and it can be a good option for a day tour with family and friends.