Hohenzollern Castle by Jonathan Sautter (Germany Photo Spot)

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Hohenzollern Castle - Photo by Jonathan Sautter

Initially built in the high middle ages, Hohenzollern Castle, the castle fell into disrepair following numerous sieges culminating in its abandonment in the 1700s. However, crown Prince Frederick William IV of Prussia visited the site in the late 1800s and determined that it should be restored. By the 1950s, it was made habitable. It became home to many treasures, including the Crown of Wilhelm II, some of the personal effects of King Frederick the Great, and a letter from US President George Washington thanking Hohenzollern descendant Baron von Steuben for his service in the American Revolutionary War. Today it sits atop the mountains in resplendent glory, an iconic and picture-perfect example of medieval castles. Visitors can now tour the facilities and photographically speaking, the interior and exteriors are magnificent. The castle is particularly spectacular in winter, with a light dusting of snow on the treetops and in the courtyards. (Burg Hohenzollern, Germany)

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