Burg Hohenzollern
The Hohenzollerns were the only family ever to reign in Prussia and possessed one of the oldest traceable noble lineages in Europe. Their original castle, from which they derived their name, was Burg Hohenzollern, some way south of modern-day Stuttgart - a long way from the northern part of Germany that was to become the family’s centre of power. By the 18th century the castle had lost strategic importance and fallen into disrepair.
In the 1840s, King Friedrich WIlhelm of Prussia expressed his desire to rebuild his family’s ancestral seat. “The memory of 1819 is tremendously dear to me and like a lovely dream,” he wrote in 1844, “particularly the sunset we watched from one of the castle bulwarks… A youthful dream is become a wish to see the Hohenzollern made inhabitable again.”
Starting in 1850, the king turned his dream into a reality, rebuilding the castle in a new-gothic style as a monument to his family history.

Burg Hohenzollern

The Hohenzollerns were the only family ever to reign in Prussia and possessed one of the oldest traceable noble lineages in Europe. Their original castle, from which they derived their name, was Burg Hohenzollern, some way south of modern-day Stuttgart - a long way from the northern part of Germany that was to become the family’s centre of power. By the 18th century the castle had lost strategic importance and fallen into disrepair.

In the 1840s, King Friedrich WIlhelm of Prussia expressed his desire to rebuild his family’s ancestral seat. “The memory of 1819 is tremendously dear to me and like a lovely dream,” he wrote in 1844, “particularly the sunset we watched from one of the castle bulwarks… A youthful dream is become a wish to see the Hohenzollern made inhabitable again.”

Starting in 1850, the king turned his dream into a reality, rebuilding the castle in a new-gothic style as a monument to his family history.

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