Burg Hohenzollern information
Lonely Planet review
Rising dramatically from an exposed crag, its medieval battlements and silver turrets often veiled in mist, Burg Hohenzollern sure is impressive from a distance, but up close it looks more contrived. Dating to 1867, this neo-Gothic castle is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, the first and last monarchical rulers of the short-lived second German empire (1871-1918).
History fans should take a 35-minute German-language tour , which takes in towers, overblown salons replete with stained glass and frescoes, and the dazzling Schatzkammer (treasury). The grounds command tremendous views over the Swabian Alps.
Frequent trains link Tübingen, 28km distant, with Hechingen, about 4km northwest of the castle.