Hollerzollern Castle

One of the (many) great things about living in Germany/Europe in general is that we can get in our car and see some incredible things in an hour.

On Sunday, Vinn and I jumped in the car to visit the Hollerzollern Castle. And it was truly incredible. It felt like we were visiting a Disney castle.

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I mean, right? I took this picture on our drive up. You can see the castle from the highway for miles as you approach! I even squealed when I saw it for the first time. Isn’t it just gorgeous.

The Hohenzollern Castle is just over an hour away from our apartment and makes for a perfect day trip for anyone looking for a castle getaway while staying in Stuttgart.

As far as German history goes, this castle is relatively new. The original was built in the early 11th century, but it was destroyed in the 1600’s. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that the King of Prussia decided to restore part of the castle as a commemorative to his family. It is spectacular.

We parked our car in the lot and make the 20 minute, incredibly steep try up to the castle. Our calves were feelin’ the burn.

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Everything about this castle is gorgeous. The stone color is amazing.

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We definitely lucked out with the weather. It wasn’t too hot, but it was warm enough to sit outside and enjoy summer. That’s not to say that I wasn’t sweating like crazy on our hike up….because I was.

When we made it to the top, we had one thing on our minds: EAT!

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The castle has a restaurant, but we chose to eat outside in their casual bier garten. Isn’t it so cute?! We sat here for about 45 minutes, enjoying our schnitzel and beer before exploring the chapel, the exhibits and more of the outside.

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Nothing more German than this meal right here.

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Unfortunately, pictures are not allowed on the inside, but it was gorgeous. There are displays of 18th century armor, a dress worn by the Queen and the most beautiful crown I’ve ever seen. The crown as over 150 diamonds on it!! I wish I could have taken a picture of it.

If you’re ever in the Stuttgart area, making this trip to Hohenzollern Castle is worth a visit!

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It felt so great to get out of the house and go exploring! And this is our first castle visit since moving here. It was a great way to spend a Sunday.

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