Hohenzollern Castle in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

By Katie H, February 2013

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Hohenzollern Castle in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, is one of the country’s most visited castles. Located about 50 kilometers south of Stuttgart, Germany, it is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, and was originally built in the early 11th century.  Perched on a hill, its impressive setting and lavishly decorated rooms attract more than 300,000 visitors per year.

The castle is first mentioned in 1061, when it know as the “Crown of all Castles in Swabia” and “the most fortified House in Germany.” At the end of the 12th century Count Frederick III of Zollern, the family that owned the castle, got married and became Burggrave of Nuremberg. Due to the distance between Burg Hohenzollern and Nuremberg, the Counts sons later divided the properties; the family became split into the Swabian line and Franconian line, which later became the Brandenburg-Prussian line that became the Prussian Kings and later the German Emperors.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Germany Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Germany.

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