Day trip

Hohenzollern Castle: Full-Day Tour from Frankfurt

Activity provider: ETS Touristik GmbH

Hohenzollern Castle: Full-Day Tour from Frankfurt

Activity provider: ETS Touristik GmbH

From US$ 375.76 per person

Take a day trip to the south of the country, in the Swabian Alps and see on a mountain cone the imposing Castle Hohenzollern, the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern.

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Duration 11.5 hours
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Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Take a look at the iconic castle standing in the Swabian Alps
  • See idyllic views on a drive through the German countryside
  • Have a guided tour of the site and hear stories of the imperial family
  • Admire remarkable art and artefacts from the German monarchy
  • Spend free time exploring the castle and scenery on your own
Full description

Journey into the mountains of the Swabian Alps to visit one of the most remarkable fortresses in Germany. This day trip takes you through the charming woodland in the south of Germany, on a journey filled with history and stories from the height of the House of Hohenzollern.

Depart Frankfurt for the drive south into the forests of Baden-Wurttemberg. Get an outstanding look at the isolated peak of Hohenzollern as the mountain rises over the countryside, crowned by the majestic 19th-century castle that stands atop its peak.  As you step onto the castle grounds, your guide will explain how an earlier fortress built on this mountain lent its name to the family dynasty that would rise to rule the kingdom of Prussia and become emperors of Germany. Reflect on 1,000 years of heritage, from Friedrich I to Wilhelm II, as you explore the mighty ramparts, courtyard, and towers. Take spectacular photographs of the surrounding lands.

Next, follow your guide into the grand halls and exquisitely furnished rooms, where old paintings, porcelain, and works of gold and silver rest among artifacts from the Hohenzollern dynasty. Take a look at a uniform that belonged to Frederick the Great and the crown of Kaiser Wilhelm II before you depart for your journey back to Frankfurt.

  • Guided tour of Hohenzollern Castle
  • Live tour commentary in English
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    Meeting point

    Meet in front of the entrance of the Le Meridien Hotel. Your guide will be waiting there to bring you to the vehicle.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Camera
    • Snacks
    • Drinks
    • Comfortable clothes

    Know before you go

    • This tour operates rain or shine
    • At Christmas time there is a stop at the Christmas Market in Karlsruhe on the way to Hohenzollern Castle
    • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off are available at an additional charge, please contact the local activity provider prior to booking to arrange it
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4 /5

    based on 4 reviews

    Review summary

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    This castle was most definitely a MUST-SEE. It had the most gorgeous views from the top, and some beautiful sights throughout the castle interior. Our guide, Peter, was friendly and helpful. He didn't necessarily provide a tour, but rather guided us as far as how to navigate the castle and what to see. This was nice in a way, since we mainly just wanted to explore on our own without feeling like we were shackled to a group. He encouraged us to take our time, and we never felt rushed. This was a great tour, and we would recommend it to anyone.

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    September 29, 2022

    This was a very comfortable and enjoyable trip. Convenient pickup and drop off near Main Railroad station. The transportation was first class and the tour guide/driver was very helpful. The Hohenzollern Castle is worth seeing. It is a bit of a drive from Frankfurt, but not too bad if you don’t have to drive yourself. Very scenic area around too.

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    February 3, 2020

    Product ID: 213642