You know I have travelled the world, in particular Asia in the past six months. Then comes the time, when you have to go back home, to follow some other paths in life (studies, job, etc.). It doesn’t need to be that you resettle back home, but I really enjoy the time at home too at the moment. Suddendly you are able to do things again that are very difficult when you are on the road. I take care of a varied, healthy diet (not eating out every day as I did at some point in South East Asia – ‘cos it’s so cheap and there is no kitchen in hostels) and even more, rethink the food items we are used to eat daily and test them for their actual health support. (Conclusion? Cook at home.) I am so hooked to set up a cosy home and follow my passion to have green, befriending rooms (#UrbanJungle) … It’s a whole new adventure of a different kind!
And then of course there is the urge to earn money. I could do this while traveling, there are thousands of freelance and location-independant jobs out there, but at the moment, I like the feeling to have a steady place and to take a break from researching about new possible destinations. (I do that of course, but to a lesser extent.) My main occupation at the moment is working at a little café not far from my apartment. I particullary enjoy working there, because the time seems to pass slower inside, my coworkers inspire me with their ways of thinking or independant projects and even the customers spending their time there notice the different atmosphere. (Might introduce it to you in a different article.)
The special thing, when you are one of the “working people” afresh, is that you start appreciating those moments again when you get out of your routine, live the moment and do some sight-seeing around your area.
That’s why yesterday Mr. & Mrs. Explorer decided to pay a visit to Hohenzollern Castle. — A castle? In this context I have to tell you how much I appreciate to see the green woods, the winding rivers and the majestic castles and forts on the top of the hills since I came back from the deserts of Rajasthan (India) and Iran. It makes me feel at home instantly. The green, vivid colour breaks my heart wide open.
I appreciate Germany for its green woods, winding rivers and the majestic castles and forts on the top of the mountains.
The Hohenzollern Castle
The Hohenzollern Castle (“Burg Hohenzollern” in German) is situated on such a previously stated hilltop. We could see it from the highway as far as Tübingen (30km away) majestically sitting on its throne. The castle was built in 1850 from the Hohenzollern family. The small towers and neo-gothic style give it a magical touch. The inconspicuous walls and windows from the outside – or its medieval charm – could never make you imagine the extravagance inside.
Lover of tasteful ambientes listen up!
In the royal chambers you find: gold in all versions (as patterns on the ceiling, as candlesticks, chandeliers, etc.), patterns in all styles and colours, a marble floor, lively coloured window panes, finely designed ceilings (again gold and patterns), furniture from the old times, wall paintings, a huge family tree, and many more floral and neo-gothic ornaments. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take pictures from the chambers.
A guided tour at Hohenzollern castle is a must!
I’m all about travelling without spending any money (as you know). At Hohenzollern Castle however, I say invest the money and go on a guided tour! This way only you will be able to see the lavish interior design. And even more, learn about the history of the German Empire and how people lived back then. (It is also possible to see the indoor areas without a guided tour on the days of the so called “Royal Castle Stroll” – yet the price is the same as with a tour.)
How much does a visit to the Hohenzollern Castle cost?
Fees at the Hohenzollern Castle
|Parking fees||2.00€ per car for the whole day|
|Shuttle bus||2.00€ p.p. one way (The walk up the stairs is 800 meters on foot and only takes 15 minutes.)|
|Admission fees without guided tour||7.00€ p.p.|
|Admission fees with guided tour||12.00€ p.p.;
10.00€ p.p. for students
By the way, you may not know that two thirds of the castle are still privately owned by Georg Friedrich Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia. He his the great-great-grandson of Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor and King of Prussia. Georg lives a “regular life as a normal citizen in Bremen”, as the guide stated with full confidence. Seeing his great heritage, I seriously doubt that 😉
Note: The kings and emperor of Prussia did not rule from Hohenzollern Castle. However, members of their family from the Swabian branch of the Hohenzollern dynasty lived here, more accurately the Princes of Hohenzollern-Hechingen.
Where to get the best view over the Hohenzollern Castle
After the visit of the castle itself, I dreamed of seeing the castle from a bit further away, similar to the view we had from the highway. In general I think it’s always nice to see a place from all different perspectives to truly find its beauty (same goes for also seeing the interior design which I warmly recommend you to do).
To marvel over the extraordinarily picturesque location of the castle, visit the viewpoint at ” Zeller Horn“.
Even though Mr. Explorer was a bit tired after the tour of the castle itself, I could convince him to drive to the nearby mountain to have an overlook of the area. Already the drive to the mountain was so panoramic – we basically drove a semicircle around the sublime castle and saw it from all angles. Then the final viewpoint itself was just mind-blowing! We had a stunning view over the castle and the slowly setting sun. It was really beautiful in all ways and of course Mr. Explorer ended up being thankful that we went to this panoramic lookout point.
“Zeller Horn” is the name of the viewpoint if you want to check it out (you should!). You can either walk there directly from the castle (approx. 3.5km) or reach nearby with the car. For those going by car, there is free parking available at Zollersteighof with an easy 20 minutes walk. At the parking, follow the white gravel way — do not walk into the forest from the car park, although a sign might tell you to..!
Address of the car park: Zollersteighof Berghotel, Zollersteighof 2, 72461 Albstadt
The half-day excursion to Hohenzollern Castle
All-in-all, we needed around half a day to visit the castle as well as the viewpoint (including the drive from and to Stuttgart). The castle suprisingly was not too crowded in the afternoon hours (holiday season in Baden-Wurttemberg).
Also when we travelled in Vietnam and Thailand, we usually took half-day trips. This way, we could still relax in the morning (sleep long, have a quiet breakfast) and let the evening end in a nice restaurant or take the time to reflect the day in peace, without being too tired.
We prefer to only plan half of the day for a trip.
Moreover, Mr. and Mrs. Explorer – we both – are highly sensitive persons. This means we both easily get overstimulated by external stimuli (e.g. loud noise). For sure that’s also one of the reasons why I like to take long walks in the nature.
Our intercultural relationship
I believe you have noticed that Mr. Explorer doesn’t look as German as myself. And indeed, he is not. Since over 4 years now we live in an happy intercultural relationship. Seeing that we both follow the same principles in life, it’s an easy match. No cultural shocks or whatsoever. Nonetheless, the culture of the Indian subcontinent is slightly different from ours and the privacy of the personal life is a big issue. (Let’s say at least when you are not married.) I am thus very grateful to him that he approved of posting personal pictures. Especially because this place was so much romantic!
I hope you enjoyed watching this pics. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave a comment below.
And now tell me: What is the most romantic castle in your region?