In Baden-Württemberg - just around the corner of Stuttgart - you can find some of the most beautiful castles in Germany. Wealthy families, kings and knights left behind these unique places.
The castle of Hohenzollern is located at the Schwäbische Alb on top of Mount Hohenzollern 234 m (768 ft) above the towns of Hechingen and nearby Bisingen. The castle was first constructed in the early 11th century. Hohenzollern castle is still privately owned. Two-thirds of the castle belong to the Brandenburg-Prussian line of the Hohenzollern, while one-third is owned by the Swabian line of the family.
We recommend the following itinerary (extended tour):
09:00am: The tour guide and chauffeur will pick you up at your hotel. Drive from Stuttgart via Reutlingen to Lichtenstein on the Swabian Alb.
10:00am: We arrive at Lichtenstein castle. We will meet our local tour guide and start the guided tour to visit the castle of Lichtenstein (approx. 30 minutes). We will take our time to enjoy the beautiful view. Walk or drive to a unique cave next to the castle (only April - October). The cave is famous for its speleothem cave formations. Discover the cave on your own.
12:00am: Time for lunch. We will have lunch at a upper class restaurant in the town of Ödenwaldstetten where you can try local beer and have food made from products produced in this area.
01:30pm: After lunch we will drive to the Hohenzollern castle.
02:30pm: To visit the castle we will have to drive up the castle hill with a public bus. On a private guided tour (approx. 45 minutes) we will visit the fascinating interior of this unique castle. We will learn a lot about the history of the kings of the German empire which are related to the Hohenzollern family. Discover the exterior of the castle on your own.
04:30pm: Drive from Hohenzollern to Tübingen.
05:30pm: On the way back to Stuttgart we will pass the city of Tübingen. Tübingen's historic old town survived the Second World War due to the city's lack of heavy industry. Visitors come to wander through one of the few completely intact historic old cities in Germany. On a private guided tour (approx. 1,5 hours; during winter season at night) we will visit the most interesting sights of this town next to the Neckar river.
07:00pm: We will drive back to Stuttgart.
08:00pm: We will arrive in Stuttgart and drop you off at your hotel.
Lichtenstein castle can be visited April-October daily / February, March and November only Saturday and Sunday. The caslte is closed in December and January.