On Sunday, November 11, 2018, we went hiking to Hohenzollern Castle, in the Swabian Jura. This is a low mountain range in southern Germany. The special thing about this mountain range is that the northwest flank consists of an impressive steep slope. This topographical feature allows an overwhelming view of the landscape extending to the west (towards Stuttgart). The Zeller Horn, at 912 m above sea level, offers the best views of Hohenzollern Castle on this steep slope.
Hiking with MeetUp
The special thing about this hike was that I didn’t know any of the participants at first. I recently got to know the mobile app MeetUp and can only recommend it to anyone who likes to be surrounded by new and interesting people: When you register with MeetUp, you first enter your hobbies and interests and then your place of residence. The app then lists all events and meetings that match your interests and take place nearby. Anyone can offer events at MeetUp and anyone can join them. I have the impression that this service is mainly used by international people. On our hike, we had a mixed bag with Brazil, France, Poland, Serbia, Argentina, and Germany. Simply great!
Hiking route to Hohenzollern Castle
The starting point of our hike was the parking lot Stocken, near Onstmettingen. We hiked a total of 16 km, most of it along the already mentioned steep flank of the Swabian Jura. Unfortunately, there were rain showers again and again and due to the wind, it was quite cold. But the castle Hohenzollern which appeared time and again between the autumnally colored trees was more than enough compensation for the moderate weather.
Inside Hohenzollern Castle
After about five hours we got back to our cars. The sky cleared up and the sun bathed everything in golden light. We decided to take the cars directly to the castle and arrived only ten minutes before closing time. So they let us in for free and we could get an impression of this huge castle. The evening sunset could hardly have been more beautiful. A really great day!
Oliver, the organizer of the hike, made a nice video of the event. I recommend you to take part in one of Oliver’s activities. He just created a new website: