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Coat of arms
Motto:  Latin: Nihil Sine Deo
(Nothing without God)
Hohenzollern-Hechingen in 1848
Capital Hechingen
Common languages Swabian German
Roman Catholic
Historical era Middle Ages
 Raised to Principality
 House extinction
 Incorporation into
     Kingdom of Prussia
Preceded by
Succeeded by
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Province of Hohenzollern Flagge Preussen - Provinz Hohenzollern.svg

Hohenzollern-Hechingen was a small principality in southwestern Germany. Its rulers belonged to the Swabian branch of the Hohenzollern dynasty.



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The New Castle at Hechingen

The County of Hohenzollern-Hechingen was created in 1576, upon the partition of the County of Hohenzollern, a fief of the Holy Roman Empire. When the last count of Hohenzollern, Charles I of Hohenzollern (1512–1579) died, the territory was to be divided up between his three sons:

Unlike the Hohenzollerns of Brandenburg and Prussia, the Hohenzollerns of southwest Germany remained Roman Catholic. The County was raised to a principality in 1623.

The principality joined the Confederation of the Rhine in 1806 and was a member state of the German Confederation between 1815 and 1850. The democratic Revolution of 1848 was relatively successful in Hohenzollern, and on 16 May 1848, the Prince was forced to accept the establishment of a constitution. However, the conflict between monarch and democrats continued, and on 6 August 1849, Hohenzollern was occupied by Prussian forces. On 7 December 1849, Prince Friedrich Wilhelm Konstantin sold the country to his relative, King Frederick William IV of Prussia. On 12 March 1850, Hohenzollern-Hechingen officially became part of Prussia, and formed together with Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen the Province of Hohenzollern.


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Coat of arms of a prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen

Counts of Hohenzollern-Hechingen (1576–1623) [1]

Princes of Hohenzollern-Hechingen (1623–1850)

After cession of territory to Prussia, the Prince continued to use his title.
Line became extinct 1869 at Prince Constantine's death, and titles passed to the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen line.

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