Hohenzollern Castle - Stuttgart, Germany

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    Hohenzollern Castle (German: Burg Hohenzollern) is about 50 km south of Stuttgart, Germany, considered home to the Hohenzollern family that came to power during the Middle Ages and ruled Prussia and Brandenburg until the end of World War I.
    The castle is located on top of Mount Hohenzollern at an elevation of 855 meters, above Hechingen and close to Bissingen in the Swabian Alb.

    It was originally constructed in the first part of the 11th century, but was completely destroyed after a 10-month siege in 1423 by the imperial cities of Swabia. A second, larger and sturdier castle was constructed from 1454 to 1461 but gradually fell into disrepair, leading to the demolition of all but the chapel.

    The third version of the castle, which stands today, was constructed by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV between 1846 and 1867, under the direction of Oberhofbaurat Stühler, who based his design on English Neo-Gothic style as well as the castles in Loire. Because the castle was built to be merely a family memorial, no member of the Hohenzollern family took residence in this third castle until 1945, when it became home to the last Prussian Crown Prince Wilhelm. Prince Wilhelm and his wife Crown Princess Cecilie are buried there.

    Picture by A. Kniesel
    Picture of the day for 18 June 2007
    1680x1050

    Original at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burg_Hohenzollern_ak.jpg

    David Fitzgerald3, <Bobby>, D.Maula, and 102 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. <Bobby> 56 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called EXTERIORSCAPES, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. ivanabrego 55 months ago | reply

      Awesome image.

    3. NickJonasIsHot1 53 months ago | reply

      Does any one live in it? If not, is it possible to live in it?

    4. H.Adam 47 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons- Free Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. lmaekelley 40 months ago | reply

      Love this. Great image! I'm going there in the Spring. :)

    6. nitin092 39 months ago | reply

      I hv been there... Its a great place... Love it alot...

    7. kurenai_tsuki 27 months ago | reply

      I am making a webpage
      Would it be possible to use this photo as a part of the banner?

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