The Swabian is a huge area East of Stuttgart that runs south down to Lake Constance. There is a great website, http://www.schwaebischealb.de/ , that can be translated to English using Google translate services or something similar.
The website has maps of the area with hiking trails highlighted, descriptions of the different routes, and information on plenty of other things to do including seeing a castle, ruins, visiting a spa, and even going skiing in the winter. They also have an app too.
I was hoping to find the trail that would have a nice view of Hohenzollern castle. Well, either we didn't end up picking one close enough or I need to rent a really long lens to get a good shot of the castle (see below).
While I was nowhere near close enough to get a good image, you can kinda sorta make out the castle in the background in the photo below! I'm still planning on getting my 'money' shot of the castle. Hopefully I can make it out there next week to get the shot! Wish me luck!
This was at the top of one of the trails.
My friend had printed off written directions so see where we were at.
The closest my 85mm lens could get to Hohenzollern Castle. I will get a good shot of this beautiful place before we leave Germany!