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Excursion to Hohenzollern Castle in Bisingen: Our Insider Tips

There’s something about visiting ancient castles that never fails to ignite our wanderlust. This time, our adventure led us to Hohenzollern Castle, perched high atop Mount Hohenzollern, offering breathtaking views and a deep dive into centuries of history. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of your visit!

Burg Hohenzollern Drohnenperspektive Sonnenuntergang


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1. History of Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle, majestically perched on a ridge in the Swabian Alps, isn't just a symbol of the power and influence of the House of Hohenzollern—it's also an architectural marvel. Its origins stretch back to the 11th century, but the grand structure we admire today was rebuilt in the 19th century under King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. Since then, it's been a magnet for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts from all over the world, and it still serves as a residence for the Hohenzollern family.

2. The Location of the Castle

Imagine standing on a ridge, with panoramic views of rolling hills and, on clear days, the distant Alps. That's Hohenzollern Castle for you! Nestled near the town of Hechingen in the municipality of Bisingen, Baden-Württemberg, the castle is as accessible as it is picturesque. Whether you drive or take public transport, the journey to this stunning fortress is part of the adventure, with a direct road from Hechingen leading you right to the entrance.

3. Parking Facilities

Arriving by car? No problem! Ample parking is available at the base of the castle. From there, you can either embark on a scenic hike up to the castle or hop on a shuttle that regularly ferries visitors from the parking lot to the castle gates. Parking fees are reasonable and help preserve this historical treasure.

The closest parking lot, P1, is just a 25-minute walk from the castle—a perfect warm-up for the wonders that await.

4. Camping at Hohenzollern Castle

For those of us who love hitting the road in a motorhome, the area around Hohenzollern Castle offers some fantastic spots to park up. Nearby campsites and pitches provide breathtaking views of the castle and the surrounding landscape. To ensure a hassle-free stay, it's wise to check if reservations are needed, especially during peak times.

We even parked our camper directly at the castle's parking lot—an experience we highly recommend!

A visit to Hohenzollern Castle is like stepping into a storybook. It's a chance to immerse yourself in history while soaking up the beauty and grandeur of this remarkable place. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of stunning vistas, or just looking for a serene escape, this castle has something magical to offer everyone.

5. Prices and Opening Hours

Hohenzollern Castle welcomes visitors all year round, with opening hours varying by season.

From 10:00 AM, you can explore the castle grounds and museum, with closing time at 6:30 PM.

The entrance fees are a bit steep but worth every penny. Adults pay 26 euros, while children can enter for 14 euros. There are also discounted tickets for students and people with disabilities at 16 euros, and family tickets for 57 euros.

Hot tip: Book your tickets online in advance to save 3 euros per ticket and 10 euros on the family ticket!

6. The Best View of Hohenzollern Castle

Want the best view of Hohenzollern Castle? Head to the Zellerhorn summit. Park at Berghotel Zollersteighof and enjoy an easy 25-minute hike to the viewpoint. The view is nothing short of spectacular, with the entire castle laid out before you against a backdrop of rolling hills.

This spot is especially magical at sunrise or sunset—a photographer's dream!

Aussicht auf Burg Hohenzollern

7. More Excursions Nearby

Besides Hohenzollern Castle, the surrounding area is brimming with exciting places to explore. Just a short drive away lies the charming town of Hechingen, known for its cozy cafés and historical landmarks.

The Zeller Horn Nature Reserve nearby is also worth a visit. With its hiking trails and viewpoints, it offers stunning panoramic views of the castle and the beautiful Swabian Alps.

For families, the Märchengarten Hechingen is a popular destination, where kids can dive into the magical world of fairy tales.


Pack your curiosity and set off to explore these fantastic spots. Want more insights into our travels? Check out our Instagram channels @tom_rbg_ and @anna_mser!


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