Each farmhouse gives an authentic glimpse into daily life back in the day.
A trip into the Black Forest wouldn’t be authentic without a big slice of its famous namesake Black Forest Cake (washed down with a farmer-size shot of homemade schnapps)!
Once out of the Black Forest and on the country road towards Tübingen, rising majestically on the mountain peak of the Swabian Alb stands Hohenzollern Castle.
The ancestral seat of the Prussian Royal House, it is the third castle on this popular site. The first was built in the early 11th century, destroyed in 1423 after a ten-month siege, then rebuilt larger and stronger.
The second gradually fell into disrepair, until it was rebuilt again as a family memorial by King Frederick William IV of Prussia. Nowadays, it is a museum of the art and historical artefacts of the Hohenzollern family.
Standing in the central courtyard was a bit surreal.
It could be Disneyland..
But no. It’s a real castle.
On the left is St. Michael’s Chapel, originating from the previous castle, with stained glass windows from the 13th century.
Picturesque from literally every angle, Hohenzollern Castle was another fine castle to add to our near-daily growing list.
And not such a bad view from the top either.
Visited 30th September 2014.