A vantage point on the Hohenzollernburg led us to the Zollernburg-Panorama ridge walk. Here, on the Zeller Horn, there is the most unique view of the impressive building.
The approximately 15-kilometre-long circular walk of the baptism trail can be started from several hikers’ car parks. The recommended car park is Skilift/Zollernburg Panorama in Albstadt-Onstmettingen.
We were drawn to another starting point from which we could very quickly reach the viewpoint of Hohenzollernburg Castle. At the Höhengasthof Wanderheim Nägelehaus (Raichberg 1, 72461 Albstadt-Onstmettingen) there is a fairly large car park. A bus also runs here at weekends during the season. This is the ideal starting point for a short hike, which is also possible from here on the Traufgang.
The exact gate route of the Traufgang Zollernburg-Panorama hiking route can be seen on the map.
On to the vantage point at Hohenzollernburg Castle
From the car park, a path first leads to the 24-metre-high observation tower on the Raichberg. This was open during our visit and you could climb up for a donation. From there you have a panoramic view of the Alb area.
Across a huge meadow, on which a strip had been mown and thus marked as a hiking trail, we walked about 800 metres to the viewpoint Hohenzollernblick directly on the edge of the embankment.
What a view over the landscape! Wooded hills stretch out in front of you and on top of one of these hills stands the castle of the Hohenzollerns. Even though the distance to the castle is quite far, you get an impression of how mighty and large the building must be.
I could have sat here on the benches forever and enjoyed the view. The great thing about this vantage point on the Hohenzollernburg is that the way there is not difficult and can also be managed with a pram or wheelchair. Even if you can no longer walk long distances, it is still possible to get there. The benches offer the opportunity to relax and the view will certainly not be boring.
Path to the Zellerhorn summit
We were drawn to the signposted Traufgang trail a little further in the direction of Zeller Horn. Most of the trail is a wide, easily passable gravel path. However, there are also sections where you should be sure-footed. Sturdy shoes are recommended in any case. There are also a few metres of altitude to climb, so you will need some stamina and endurance. But the section is short and manageable.
Every now and then, one could take a look through the trees into the wide plain below the edge of the eaves. A few benches in the autumn sun invited us to take a break. However, there was no longer a really beautiful view in the direction of Hohenzollernburg Castle.
At one point I discovered a stone embedded in the ground that read “Freie Prisch”. Fortunately, a sign clarified the situation:
This stone marked the border to an area in which subjects were allowed to hunt freely in the late Middle Ages. The border to the customs hunting district was laid down in a contract in 1582 and marked accordingly.
Arriving at the Zellerhorn summit, an almost even more beautiful view of Hohenzollern Castle awaited us than at the first vantage point. Almost a postcard panorama! Sitting comfortably on benches or on the rock, you can enjoy the view of a fantastically beautiful landscape. The vantage point on the Hohenzollernburg is not one of the region’s insider tips. Numerous hikers are drawn there and there is actually not a single visitor who does not stop in awe.
Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to hike the Zollernburg-Panorama trail, the Albesel were waiting for us. However, the route is said to be really worthwhile. You walk long stretches along the edge of the ridge on natural paths and discover the Alb plateau with meadows, pastures and forests. We returned to the hikers’ car park. The distance we walked was about 4 kilometres there and back, a short hike that was simply beautiful.
The short hike took place as part of a research trip with Albstadt Tourismus and piroth.kommunikation.