Germany has a lot to offer, especially wonderful and fairytale castles!
Germany is the land of castles and palaces; around 25,000 castles, palaces and ruins are said to still exist in Germany today! Almost every federal state has its famous castles; the most famous one is Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria.
Castle Neuschwanstein (Bavaria)
Probably many of you know the most famous castle Ludwig II – castle Neuschwanstein. The castle lies above Hohenschwangau in the Bavarian Allgäu. Around 1.5 million people visit the castle every year. The most popular place to take photos is from the Marienbrücke bridge, which you can reach on foot or by shuttle.
Castle Drachenburg (North Rhine-Westfalia)
Schloss Drachenburg is located on the Drachenfels in Königswinter in North Rhine-Westphalia. What is special about this castle is that the owner and builder Stephan von Sarter actually never lived there. He only used the castle as a representative residence. Today the castle, including the park, is open to tourists and houses the Museum of the History of Nature Conservation and the Wilhelminian Museum.
Burg Prunn (Bavaria)
Burg Prunn has totally surprised and impressed me from the beginning! The castle stands on a vertical Jura rock above the Altmühl river valley southwest of Regensburg and is my TOP excursion destination in the Altmühl valley. From the parking lot, which is located a few minutes walk above the castle, one goes down a beautiful path to the castle and is rewarded with a beautiful view of the castle.
The castle is one of the best-preserved knight’s castles in Bavaria and became famous through the discovery of a manuscript of the Song of the Nibelungs. Castle tours take place in the summer every hour from 09.00-17.00 o’clock and last about 45 minutes.
Wernigerode Castle (Saxony-Anhalt)
Wernigerode Castle is a castle located in the Harz mountains and stands above the town of Wernigerode in Saxony-Anhalt. The castle is similar in style to Schloss Neuschwanstein and one of the most famous and frequently visited sights in Saxony-Anhalt
Schloss Nymphenburg (Bavaria)
Nymphenburg Castle is located in the Neuhausen-Nymphenburg district of Munich. The castle is one of the great royal castles in Europe and is a very popular destination for excursions. For centuries, the castle was the summer residence of the Wittelsbach family. Nymphenburg Castle with its park is not only ideal for a nice walk, but also for visiting museums and exhibitions. But not only a visit in spring or summer is worthwhile! Walking through the park in winter or ice skating at the end of the canal is a lot of fun!
For your visit to Schloss Nymphenburg you should definitely take a lot of time with you, so that you can visit the impressive picture gallery of King Ludwig, make a detour to the Palm House and stroll in peace through the gardens.
You may have heard of the Wartburg before…
The Wartburg is an incredibly impressive castle in Thuringia, which “sits enthroned” above the city of Eisenach. It lies northwest at the end of the Thuringian Forest. In 1999 it also received the title UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. One of the most interesting facts about the castle is that Ludwig II built Neuschwanstein Castle partly according to the model of the Wartburg; e.g. silhouette and ballroom. The name Wartburg does not derive from the district Wartha in Eisenach, but from the word “Warte”, which means guard. The Wartburg Castle is, as I was allowed to experience, an ideal place to learn a lot about the German history of the last centuries! For almost no other castle in Germany is as deeply connected with German history as the Wartburg.
Albrechtsburg Meißen (Saxony)
Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen is a hilltop castle and one of the most famous late Gothic architectural monuments. What is also special is that it is considered to be the first palace building in Germany!
Castle Cochem (Rhineland-Palatinate)
The Reichsburg Cochem is the landmark of the city of the same name and is located directly in the city on the Moselle. You can already see the castle from a distance, as it is visible on a mountain cone. I liked the appearance of the castle the most, because here different components flow into the overall picture with, e.g., also Romanesque or Gothic parts. The castle is one of the highest high castles on the Moselle and also a very popular destination for tourists.
Castle Eltz (Rhineland-Palatinate)
Eltz Castle is one of the most famous castles in Germany. It is one of the high-altitude castles and dates from the 12th century. Visitors can visit the castle during the summer months.
Schloss Moritzburg (Saxony)
Moritzburg Castle is located in the municipality of Moritzburg near Dresden. The former hunting lodge was converted into a hunting lodge in the 18th century and owes its present appearance to August the Strong. The main reason why I was so excited about Moritzburg Castle was the film “Three hazelnuts for Aschenbrödl”. This fairy tale is one of my favourite Christmas films and the castle was partly the scenery.
Hohenzollern Castle (Baden-Württemberg)
Hohenzollern Castle ist the seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern and with over 350.000 visitors per year one of Germanys most visited castles! The castle is a private property of House of Hohenzollern. The Castle is a hilltop castle on the mountain Hohenzollern.
Liechtenstein Castle (Baden-Württemberg)
Lichtenstein Castle (Schloss Lichtenstein) is a privately owned tourist attraction built in Gothic Revival style and located in the Swabian Jura of southern Germany. It was designed by Carl Alexander Heideloff and has been described as the “fairy tale castle of Württemberg.”[
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