The Hohenzollern Route runs for approximately 300 km from the top of the Neckar river through the foothills of the Alb, the Swabian Alb, the Danube valley and the wide plains of Upper Swabia to Lake Constance and Baden-Württemberg's most important historical castles and sites. No other dynasty is as closely linked to the fate of Germany than the Hohenzollern.
Visitors to the land of the Hohenzollern will be greeted by magnificent forests, dramatic rivers, castles, palaces, abbeys and a multitude of interesting museums. The Zollernalb region is home to ten mountains that are over 1000 m in height and the splendid Hohenzollern Castle is just as well-known as King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle, which is the region's most prominent landmark. The House of Hohenzollern also gave rise to princes, emperors and kings, although their reign ended a century ago.
The finest view
Built on a cone-shaped mountain where the Swabian Albs are at their highest, the towers, battlements and fortifications of the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern hover like a mirage over the forested landscape. This imposing building is a masterpiece of 19th century Neo-Gothic architecture and offers breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside. Its fortifications, castle garden, museum (complete with treasure chamber) and a myriad of other rarities including a secret passage, are an experience not to be missed.
Living history in a majestic location
The castle has always belonged to the noble houses of Prussia and Hohenzollern and is one of the most beautiful and frequently visited sites in Europe. Whether you opt for a tour on foot, by bike or from the comfort of a car, don't forget to take full advantage of the delicious Swabian cuisine – in the style of the Hohenzollerns, of course.
The Hohenzollern Route.
Length: approximately 300 km
Theme: culture, Hohenzollern, history
Albstadt: largest district capital of the Hohenzollerns
Bahlingen: museums, Hohenzollern castle
Bisingen: Hohenzollern Castle
Haigerloch: palace, the Atomkeller Museum
Ostrach: Habsthal Abbey
Schwenningen: clock making
Sigmaringen: prince's castle
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