Best Castles in Germany To Experience A Fairytale Life

By Ketki Hanamshet on Sep 18, 2018
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Perched on the top of hills, overlooking valleys and rivers, the castles of Germany exude royalty from every pore. Step onto the castle estates and you will instantly land into a fairytale. The top castles in Germany like Hohenschwangau Castle and Heidelberg Castle have served as home of many kings and dukes. The famous medieval castles in Germany like the Neuschwanstein Castle, the Wartburg, the Burg Eltz, and the Mespelbrunn Castle are a must-see. With restored former glory, all these castles urge you to have a historical affair. Take a look at the best castles to visit in Germany that has been painstakingly put together, keeping aside several other lovely palaces. 

1. The Ideal Fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle


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One look at the Neuschwanstein Castle and you realize how it might have made its way into Walt Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ fairytale. This lovely Romanesque Revival palace, perched atop a hill, dates back to the 19th century. Attracting millions of visitors every year, the Neuschwanstein Castle enjoys being the famous castle in Germany. Take a 35-minute guided tour of this palace and spin a fairytale of your own. 

2. The Ancestral Hohenzollern Castle



Hohenzollern Castle is located on the top of Mount Hohenzollern. This ancestral seat of the imperial house of Hohenzollern was first constructed in the 11th century and then reconstructed in the subsequent years. The majestic palace that stands before you today was built in between 1850 and 1867. The palace shows spectacular Gothic Revival style of architecture, making it one of the must-see castles in Germany.

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3. The Lavishly Decorated Hohenschwangau Castle



You will find the Hohenschwangau Castle to be first mentioned in the 12th century records. In 1832, the castle ruins were acquired by King Maximilian II who rebuilt it according to the original plans. The palace then became the summer-house of the famous Bavarian King Ludwig II. Take an English or German guided tour of Hohenschwangau Castle and you will be able to walk through The Hall of Heroes, The Oriental Room, The Hohenstaufen-room, and The Tasso-room.

4. The Magnificent Romanesque Baroque Burg Eltz



Surrounded by majestic hills covered in lush greenery, the Burg Eltz is a medieval castle. Standing tall at a height of 70 meter on rock spur, this lovely castle showcases Romanesque, Baroque style of architecture. The building of castle had started even before 1157 and continues to be owned by a branch of the Eltz family, even after 33 generations. It enjoys being one of the only castles by the left bank of the Rhine which has not been destroyed. 

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5. The Historically Rich Heidelberg Castle



Heidelberg Castle is yet another palace in Germany which is nestled in the heart of verdant greenery. However, the caste is more of a ruin and was only partially built after its destruction in the 17th and 18th centuries. Considered to be a landmark in Heidelberg, it is also an important Renaissance structure in the northern Alps. The Heidelberg Castle was first constructed in 1214 and then expanded until 1650. The palace has witnessed many turbulent wars and has served home to a number of residents.

6. The Island Palace Called Schwerin Castle



Located on an island of Lake Schwerin, the Schwerin Castle makes for one of the most picturesque sites to behold. The grand castle that you may visit today was built in between 1845 and 1857. It is an important work of romantic Historicism in Europe and is also a designated World Heritage Site. The beautiful Schwerin palace, surrounded by water from all sides, is lovingly called as the ‘Neuschwanstein of the North’.

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7. The “shining stone” Lichtenstein Castle



Lichtenstein Castle  in the Swabian Jura of southern Germany was built in between 1840 and 1842. Called as the fairy tale castle of Württemberg, it exhibits the Gothic Revival style of architecture. Take a tour of this privately owned castle and you will be also be able to come across many 19th century buildings, a chapel, a courtyard, and a sweeping garden. If you wish to see late romanticism’s domestic culture, then a visit to the Lichtenstein Castle is a must.

8. The Famous Medieval Era Castle Called Wartburg



The Wartburg castle is located in the Eisenach town of Thuringia state in Germany. Although it was originally built in the Middle Ages, it was majorly renovated in the 19th and 20th centuries. The castle is perched on a steep cliff at a height of 410 meters, allowing it to be a ‘watchtower’ from which the castle name is derived. The Wartburg has a lovely amalgamation of various styles of architecture, including Gothic architecture, Romanesque architecture, Renaissance architecture, and Historicism. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

9. The Simple Lakeside Mespelbrunn Castle



Built by a lakeside, the Mespelbrunn Castle is located within the Spessart forest of the Elsava valley, between Frankfurt and Würzburg. The castle was constructed between 15th and 16th centuries and primarily showcases Renaissance style of architecture. While wandering around the castle estate, you will also come across a Romanesque Revival chapel which was built in 1875. Considered now as known Spessart landmark, this famous castle in Germany should be on your checklist.

10. The Opulently Decorated Reichsburg Cochem


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Reichsburg Cochem or the Imperial Castle Cochem was supposedly first built in the 11th century. The castle suffered destruction in the 17th century and was then rebuilt between 1868-1877 to exhibit Romanticism. A tour of this palace will introduce to many Neo-Renaissance and the Neo-Baroque styled rooms that are adorned with valuable lintel cabinets, carpets, tapestries, and a few paintings along with historic tiled stoves.

Now that the difficult task of ‘picking the great castles of Germany’ is done, why don’t you get ready to walk through rich history?

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