German royal and imperial dynasty

The Hohenzollern family ruled various territories in and near modern Germany, and later of all Germany. The Royal House of Hohenzollern began ruling the area around Berlin and Brandenburg, now in Germany, in 1415.[1]

House of Hohenzollern
Coat of arms
Parent houseBurchardinger dynasty
CountryGermany, Romania
Founded1100s AD
FounderBurgrave Frederick I of Nuremberg
Current headGermany and Prussia:
HI&RH Prince Georg Friedrich (1994–)

HH Prince Karl Friedrich (2010–)

extinct since 1869

HM King Michael (1947–)
Final rulerGermany and Prussia:
Emperor William II (1888–1918)
Romania: King Michael (1927–1930, 1940–1947)
TitlesCount of Zollern
Margrave of Brandenburg
Duke of Prussia
Burgrave of Nuremberg
Margrave of Bayreuth
Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
King of Prussia
German Emperor
Prince of Neuchâtel
King of Romania
Estate(s)Germany, Prussia, Romania
DepositionGermany and Prussia:
1918: German Revolution
1947: Stalinist take-over
Cadet branchesHohenzollern-Hechingen
Wilhelm II
Hohenzollern Castle

The family became one of the electors of the Holy Roman Emperor and then were kings of Prussia in 1702 and German emperors in 1871.

It stopped ruling after World War I, when Germany became a republic. Prussia was abolished by the four Alliea that controlled Germany in 1947.

The family took it name from its ancestral home, Hohenzollern Castle, in what is now Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The area around the castle was once ruled as a separate principality.

Table of the House of Hohenzollern


  1. Hall (trans), Colkin (2005). The Electors of Brandenburg, Kings of Prussia, German Kaisers. Karwe, Germany: Edition Rieger. p. 36. ISBN 3935231644.

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