The medieval localities are small, life is simple. Even the volcanoes have remained perfectly still for millions of years. Should you require a good view of what lies before you, you can pay a visit to one of the 408 castles and palaces. The Hohenzollern governed their country from this ancestral home and your view will take you back in time, automatically conjuring up images of minstrels, ladies of the castle and knightly traditions. After the Count von Wuerttemberg had read Wilhelm Hauff’s novel "Lichtenstein" he wanted to own a "real knight’s castle" himself. Subsequently he had built the Lichtenstein Castle, a mere 170 years ago.