Hohenzollern an unusual and beautiful castle is located in Germany, it is also called as "Castle in the Clouds".
First mention of Hohenzollern found in historical documents dating back to 1267. However, scientists believe that the castle was built even earlier - in the 11th century.
It is worth noting that modern Hohenzollern is the third castle. The first was completely destroyed during the war in the 15th century. A few years later at the same place was built a second castle, which lasted until the end of the 18th century. Today it was only from the chapel of St.Michael. In the mid 19th century Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm IV erected a third of Hohenzollern, which worked on the creation of the best architects and artists of the time. Exterior locks changed, remained unchanged, only one - the fortress has always belonged to the famous Hohenzollern dynasty. It should be noted that the palace is almost never used as the residence of the royal family. Only in 1945 it became home to the last Prussian Crown Prince Wilhelm at the end of World War II, when their estate in Brandenburg occupied by Soviet troops.
In the mid-20th century castle collection replenished many personal belongings of the Hohenzollern family. The most famous of them is considered to be the crown of the Prussian kings and clothes of Frederick the Great. You can see a large collection of paintings, antique furniture, tapestries, royal uniform. There are quite unique things - it stores a bullet pierced his uniform wrinkled and King Frederick the same snuff bullet that saved its owner from death during Kunersdorfskogo battle in 1759. Worth a visit and a weapons room, which includes a huge collection of the royal arms.
The castle opens daily. From November to March 15 Hohenzollern works with 10:00 to 16:30. From March 16 to October 31 - from 10 to 17:30. Keep in mind that on 7 September the castle is open only to 14 hours; December 24 - closed; December 31 - time to 15:00. January 1, 2014 the castle is open from 11 to 16:30.
Visiting the castle complex without examining the interior is worth five euros. Child - four euros (6-17 years). Visiting the rooms is possible only with a guided tour. In this case, for an adult ticket will cost 10 euro discount ticket - eight euros (pensioners, students, disabled persons), children's ticket - five euros, family - € 25 (two adults and up to four children). By the way, if your child's birthday coincided with the tour, he put the ticket as a gift. Do not forget to bring proof of date of birth.
Gift shop open in the winter from 11:00 to 16:30 and in the summer - from 10 to 18 hours. Here you can buy paintings, porcelain, jewelry, board games, books, small souvenirs, postcards and toys.