8 fabulous castles in Germany

10 Fabulous Castles in Germany

Germany is home to the most impressive collection of fairy-tale castles, dotted with medieval and late Gothic palaces that sit atop mountains and overlook flowing rivers. With more than 20,000 castles, visit these historic sites to admire the charming architecture and view the fascinating artifacts, antiques and artwork in their interiors. Starting with the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, which inspired Walt Disney, here are the best fairytale castles in Germany that should be at the top of your list.

Schloss Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle (nearby hotels)

The most famous castle in all of Germany, Neuschwanstein Castle sits above one of the most beautiful gorges in southern Bavaria and overlooks the Alps. It is famous for serving as the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, built in the 1800s as a luxurious summer retreat for Ludwig II of Bavaria. Just a short drive from Munich, this 19th-century gem features stunning architecture, dazzling chandeliers, beautiful paintings and stunning drawings of swans that create a dreamy atmosphere.

Hohenzollern castle

Schloss Hohenzollern (Nearby Hotels)

Hohenzollern Castle sits atop Hohenzollern Mountain and was built to resemble a medieval knight’s castle, which helped earn it the title of one of the most impressive castles in the country. This beautiful castle, built in the 11th century, sits 768 feet above a picturesque valley. Enter the castle to explore more than 10 centuries of history, including items in the museum from Frederick the Great, royal crowns and a letter from George Washington thanking the former owner for his service in the American War of Independence.

Schwerin Castle

Schwerin Castle (nearby hotels)

With a nickname like “Versailles of the North,” you can expect Schwerin Castle to be rich. This architectural masterpiece, built entirely on a small island, has 653 rooms. Completed in 1857, the castle was once a college for kindergarten teachers, but now serves as the government building for the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Parliament. Its romantic historic architecture is one of the most beautiful in all of Germany, adorned with a collection of decorative towers and turrets.

Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein Castle (Nearby Hotels)

Built in the 19th century, Lichtenstein Castle sits on a steep cliff half a mile above sea level. Inspired by Wilhelm Hauff’s novel Lichtenstein, it is accessed by the stone Brigitte, which extends up another hill. This fabulous neo-Gothic masterpiece, located in the Swabian Alps near Honau, is known for its collection of historic arms and armor. Here you can enjoy the small crowd of this picturesque hidden gem on a short day trip, as it is only an hour’s drive from Stuttgart.

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Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle (nearby hotels)

Heidelberg Castle is located 260 feet up the northern slope, dominating the old center of Heidelberg. Here are the most famous castle ruins in the world, with a wandering view of the city below. The castle dates back to the 1300s, but was demolished and rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries. Spend a few hours touring the collection of buildings and admiring its beautiful courtyard and combination of charming architectural styles.

Reichsburg Cochem

Reichsburg Kochem (Hotels nearby)

Perched high on a hill more than 300 feet above the Moselle River, Reichsburg Cochem Castle dominates the town of Cochem. Learn about the castle’s more than 1,000-year history on a guided tour and admire its beautiful mosaics on the outer walls and its impressive Renaissance and Baroque exhibit. If you want to immerse yourself in history, visit a guest at the castle’s popular Knights’ Table, where you can enjoy a traditional meal while being entertained by minstrels and maids.

Castle Marxburg

Marksburg Castle (Nearby Hotels)

The only medieval castle on the Middle Rhine that has never been destroyed, Castle Marksburg is an impressive white-walled fortress. It looks magnificent for its age, dating back to the 1200s, and is open to visitors to explore its beautiful grounds. Sitting high on a cliff, this position has helped it survive for over 700 years against enemy forces and was used as a prison in the past. After exploring the historic castle, refuel at the Marksburg Schenke Restaurant, which offers stunning views of the valley.

Castle Wartburg

Wartburg Castle (Nearby Hotels)

Founded in the 11th century, Wartburg Castle is one of Germany’s oldest castles. The first castle to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country. Take a step back in time within its historic walls, as it is the place that sheltered Martin Luther when he translated the New Testament into German. Are you an art aficionado? Explore the castle’s outstanding art collection, which dates back eight centuries.

Castle Elz

Elz Castle (nearby hotels)

Elz Castle is located next to the Mosel River between Koblenz and Trier. It is an iconic fairy tale structure surrounded by nature. Take photos of the castle and its lush scenery, then step inside for a tour of the grounds. Built in the 12th century, you can see some of the original furniture in the medieval structure and marvel at the collection of armory, gold and silver-filled artifacts, porcelain and jewelry. Belonging to the Kempenich family, its interior is well-preserved and has a Knight’s Hall with jester heads.

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Castle Mespelbrunn

Castle Mespelbrunn (nearby hotels)

Castle Mespelbrunn is a hidden gem located in the Spessart forest between Frankfurt and Würzburg. It began as a simple house built on the water by an early 15th-century knight, but is now privately owned by a family that opens its doors to visitors year-round. The late medieval and early Renaissance castle is a popular day trip from Frankfurt, where you can take a tour or walk its paths and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle (Nearby hotels)

Located on the same grounds as Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle is located in the village of Hohenschwangau near the city of Füssen. Once used as a childhood home for King Ludwig II, you can view the inside of this fairy-tale castle to admire hundreds of Germanic folkloric scenes that are intricately painted on the walls and ceilings. Crown Prince Maximilian II of Bavaria, father of Ludwig II, built the ruined castle in the Gothic style inspired by the romantic mountain scenery.

Germany’s 10 fabulous castles

It is not difficult for a traveler to get into a fairy tale, all he needs to know is in which direction to direct his feet next time. Germany is one of the few countries in the world that can boast of magically beautiful castles. TRIPMYDREAM has prepared for its readers a small guide to the most remarkable of them.

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Not far from the Austrian border is the wonderfully romantic castle of Neuschwanstein. It once served as a refuge for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, and today it has become a popular attraction for travelers from around the world. And those who have been here claim that the castle is invariably charming at any time of year.

Do note that you have to pay €12 for a ticket to the museum, located in the castle (check the website), but there are discounts. You can stay at a hotel in nearby Füssen or in the surrounding villages – the choice of hotels is wide.

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Opening hours: April – October 15 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 16 – March 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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One of the oldest and certainly most beautiful buildings in Dresden was once home to the Electors and Kings. The castle is remarkable for its imposing size as well as an interesting mixture of architectural styles ranging from Romanticism to neo-Renaissance.

Such a “medley” is explained by the fact that the castle was reconstructed and transformed under the influence of new trends over several centuries (from XII to XIX): originally here was a fortress, which gradually transformed into a real gem of a castle in Saxony. Therefore it will be interesting not only to see the building, but also to get to know its rich and fascinating history. In addition to the entrance fee, you will have to pay, for example, for the checkroom, but the reward for this is an excellent level of service for tourists.

Check the price of the ticket, it is also possible to order a combined ticket to visit several parts of the residence.

Opening hours: from 10:00 to 18:00 Every day off: Tuesday

Castle website: www.skd.museum

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This castle has even been recognized as part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. All thanks to its exceptional historical importance, the many valuable exhibits stored within its walls, and of course, not least of all – its beauty.

The greatest interest for visitors is the so-called Knights’ Hall. Here you can see a collection of medieval weapons and artifacts, and enjoy a great view of the River Rhine. The price of admission is €4-8.

Opening hours: January to March and October to November from 10:00 to 17:00, March from 9:00 to 17:00, April to September from 9:00 to 18:00, December – closed

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Once William IX had a wonderful idea – to build a castle on German soil, the beauty of which could compete with the famous buildings of Britain. He personally supervised the construction of Leuvenburg, making constant changes and ideas.

Today this “copyright” creation proudly called the “lion’s” castle, through it runs one of the most popular tourist routes in Germany – “German trail of fairy tales”. By the way, Levenburg was used as a template for the famous Disney stories, so if you are visited by a feeling of cartoon deja vu, do not be too surprised.

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Standard ticket price €4 (check for details).

Opening times: January-February from 10:00 to 16:00, March-October from 10:00 to 17:00.

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This is one of the few castles still in the possession of the descendants of its founders, in this case the Dukes of Urach. Fortunately, the owners turned out to be rather hospitable, and the unique building is almost entirely open for visitors.

There is indeed a lot to see here: the ancient building, situated at a height of 817 meters, stores an impressive collection of historical and cultural heritage. The castle has also undergone a number of demolitions and renovations and the ruins of the old castle, which can be found not far from the main building, are a testament to this.

Opening hours: January – closed, February to March – weekends and public holidays from 10:00 to 16:00, April to October – daily from 9:00 to 17:30, November – weekends and public holidays from 10:00 to 16:00

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Another of Bavaria’s highlights is the Hohenschwangau, which translates as “high swan land”. Famous monarchs often spent their time here, and King Ludwig II actually lived here most of his life and even played host to the legendary composer Richard Wagner. The castle is not far from the famous Neuschwanstein, and if you want you can combine visits to these two castles.

Opening hours: October 16 – March 18 – from 9:00 to 15:30, after March 18 – from 8:00 to 17:00.

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This dilapidated castle, perched on the picturesque slope of the Konigstuhl, has been attracting about a million tourists to Heidelberg for years! Even what has been preserved from the somewhat war-torn castle makes a strong impression.

Also in good condition are the terraces, which offer breathtaking views, and the luxurious interiors, which can be seen with a tour group under the guidance of a guide. By the way, one of the most interesting exhibits inside the castle is the largest wine barrel in the world.

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Working hours: from Monday to Sunday – from 8:00 to 18:00, on December 24 and 31 – from 8:00 to 13:00, on December 25 – off.

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And this fairy palace is also known as “The Castle of Sleeping Beauty”: it has princesses’ salon, once arranged for daughters of King Ludwig II and decorated with paintings based on the fairy tale about the Sleeping Beauty.

The building is in neo-Gothic style and the interior is beautiful, although some were never completed due to historical circumstances (abolition of the Kingdom of Hanover).

It is recommended to go here if you have any other tourist plans nearby, because the castle is not far from popular cities.

Opening hours: January 2 to March 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 5 to November 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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King Ludwig II of Bavaria was a renowned admirer of Louis XIV. In his desire to resemble his idol, the German monarch went so far as to recreate an analogue of the legendary Versailles in Germany.

The result was the Herrenkimsee on Herren Island in the middle of the vast Lake Kimsee. A visit to this palace will be especially interesting for those who have been lucky enough to visit Versailles, because there are many architectural references to the “original”, for example the Mirror Gallery.

Working time: April – end of October – 9:00 – 18:00; end of October – March – 9:40 – 16:15

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On a small island of its own there is also a luxurious Schwerin castle. This building was the crowning achievement of the German architect Georg-Adolf Demmler, who was born and lived in Schwerin. The castle is an example of eclecticism. Two bridges across the Schwerin lake lead from the palace island to the town and gardens.

Opening hours: October 15 to April 14 – Mon-Sat from 10:00 to 17:00, April 15 to October 14 – Mon – Sat from 10:00 to 18:00

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