Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle is a German medieval castle formerly owned by the Hohenzollern royal family of Prussia. It is beautifully located  on top of Mount Hohenzollern in Stuttgart, Germany near Swabia. The castle undergone several renovation and refurbishment. Its original form was completely destroyed in the 15th century during the siege in Swabia, it was rebuilt 30 years later and used as a temporary home to several Swabian Catholics at the height of Thirty Years War in Germany.

In the 19th century, the castle undergone another extensive renovation through the order of Prussian King, Frederick William IV but did not live there and the castle was only used as a family memorial until the reign of Emperor William II. In 1945, William II's son, Wilhelm, the last Crown Prince and his wife, Princess Cecile made Hohenzollern their home and lived there until their death. 

Today the castle houses only Prussian historical artifacts and personal memorabilia of Crown Prince Wilhelm and his ancestors, unlike other deserted  ancient castles in Europe which are now managed by special organizations, Hohenzollern remains a private property by the descendants of the Hohenzollern royal family. It is now used by the Princess Kira Foundation providing summer camp of less fortunate children in Berlin.