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Hohenzollern Burg (Hohenzollern Castle)
Central courtyard of Hohenzollern
Castle guardian statues
Schwäbische Alb views
Views from the entrance of the castle
Interior of the Christuskapelle
Façade of the castle's museum
Hohenzollern is a castle in southern Germany, in Baden-Württemberg. Located on the Schwäbische Alb mountain range, the castle is on top of Mount Hohenzollern to 855 meters. Its origins date back to the eleventh century but was destroyed several times, with only the chapel of San Miguel which is preserved at the time. This castle belonged to the dynasty of the Zollern, and today retains important objects of Friedrich II the Great of Prussia and a letter from George Waschington.
N 48º 19' 23''
E 08º 58' 06''
The entrance to the exhibition is by the vast Eagle Gate where you see the Prussian eagle with the motto “from the mountain to the sea”, 1851. Recorded in an arch is the figure of the Great Elector of Brandenburg Frederick on Horseback. Below, a plaque commemorates the laying of the foundation stone of the castle. From here, up to the castle, there is a short distance in spiral that leads to the courtyard.
The Hohenzollern Family Tree is in the first room upstairs after the main courtyard. Starting at the wall above the door, following the documentation of the dynasty in the XI century to be divided into two lines: the Swabian (red) and the Franco-Prussian-Brandenburg (blue). You can see the Prussian kings, German emperors and their successors to the present.
The Hall of the Counts was the room for dinner and parties, and is the largest and most representative of the castle. With its cruciform vault ribs formed with gold ornaments and supported by marble pillars of Nassau, is much like a church with three naves. In fact, the architect Stüler used as a model the lower church of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris and the chapel of the Karlstein Castle in Prague. The floor is tiled and marble from Italy Solnhofen, with the colours of the Hohenzollern, white and black.
The Library made of oak, is the connection between representation halls and private rooms. The walls are decorated with eight paintings by the painter Wilhelm Peters Berlin, depicting legends episodes in the history of the first two castles.
The Blue Room was the Queen's room, named for the blue colour of upholstered furniture. With soils composed of five different types of wood and covered with a luxurious coffered gold layer can be considered one of the most magnificent rooms of the castle. The medallions along the frieze representing wives of Electors of Brandenburg. The murals show the eagle of Prussia with “A” of the name of Queen Augusta, wife of William I.
The Treasure Chamber is in old kitchen of the castle and gathers precious objects of great value. Souvenir and art objects, that after the settlement of disputes over the property in 1926, were left to the Hohenzollern and were exposed to the public at the initiative of Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia. In the lobby are exposed arms and weapons of the Middle Ages as the great sword Gassenhauer of 1,80 meters.
The main nave and choir of the chapel of St. Michael, consecrated in 1461, come from the second castle and belong to the oldest part of the castle. Large windows from the late thirteenth century and are among the most important and beautiful in the Southwest of Germany. The three raised panels on the walls of the choir, which were found in 1823 during the restoration of the third castle, dating from the early XII century and have all the features of late roman art. Probably remain from the first castle chapel.
- The visit to the castle costs 8€. It is highly recommended.
- It is no possible to take pictures inside the castle.
- There is a bus for going from the main parking to the castle.