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Must-see German castles

Germans know a thing or two about castles. You see, Germany is home to least seven monoliths that would look right at home on set of The Lord of the Rings. If you love history, jaw-dropping scenery and architecture, it might be time to book a trip to Deutschland for a spot of castle hopping.

1. Neuschwannstein Castle
It might be hard to pronounce, but it’s easy to see why King Ludwig’s famous fairy tale castle, Neuschwannstein is the most-photographed building in Germany. Sitting pretty in the southeast state of Bavaria, this architectural triumph was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

2. Hohenzollern Castle
If you like Neuschwannstein, you’ll love Hohenzollem Castle. Located in southern Germany, this incredible example of German architecture was built to resemble a medieval knight’s castle. Built atop 855 metres-high Mount Hohenzollern, it stands as homage to the Hohenzollern Dynasty that ruled over Prussia during the Middle Ages.

3. Burg Eltz
Only two thirds of Burg Eltz Castle are available to the public as the 33rd generation of the Eltz family lives in the other third. Pretty cool, don’t you think? Tucked away in the valley of the Mossel River, near Koblenz, this is an authentic medieval castle dating back to the mid-12th century. Unlike other old German castles, Burg Eltz doesn’t have any war wounds so it’s in pretty good nick.

4. Sanssouci Castle
Anyone with a name like Frederick the Great deserves to have a palace built in his name. Considered by some as a rival to France’s Palace of Versailles, Sanssouci Castle in Potsdam is famous for its extensive gardens and original Frederician-Rococo style. The palace was built as a relaxing retreat for the monarch and the name itself means “careless” or “without cares”.

5. Hohenschwangau Castle
Yet another tongue twister, Hohenschwangau Castle in southern Germany was built in the 19th century as a summer and hunting residence for Crown Prince Maximilian. Fortunately, the beautiful Neo-Gothic-style structure wasn’t damaged during the world wars.

6. Lichtenstein Castle
This awe-inspiring beauty looks like something right out of a fantasy movie. Towering on top of a rugged cliff in the Swabian Alp Mountain range, it’s got The Hobbit written all over it. The castle was built between 1840 and 1842 in Neo-Gothic style. If you’re fascinated by knights, you’ll swoon over the weapons room.

7. Lowenburg Castle
Translated as ‘Lion’s Castle’, the design of this Neo-Gothic marvel was based on a fantasy of Landgrave Wilhelm IX. Sadly, Lowenburg Castle actually became a ruin after WWII, and had to undergo serious repairs. It’s now one of the biggest attractions of Wilhelmshohe Hill Park, near the city of Kassel.

22 Comments for "Must-see German castles"

Agadir says on May 6th, 2009 at 4:21 pm:

Cannot wait to visit germany this summer !!!

Ryan says on May 13th, 2009 at 11:02 pm:

Now I know what keeps drawing me back to Germany. Hope to come back soon and maybe take a tour.

DTs Flash Drive Blog says on May 14th, 2009 at 10:53 pm:

As a german I’ve actually been to Burg Eltz. I will always cherish the memory of my visit there so I’m glad it made the list! However there’s another castle that I feel absolutely deserves to be on this list. It’s Schloß Mespelbrunn: http://images.google.de/images?q=schlo%C3%9F%20Mespelbrunn

Deney says on June 25th, 2009 at 1:46 am:

i find Germany the most interesting part in theworld and the place that is the most of the old days

bree says on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:20 pm:

kwl

sandra says on March 19th, 2010 at 3:43 am:

I have been to 3 of these 7 and I cannot wait to go to the others. I love the fantasy of the castles. Germany is magical.

Sher says on September 23rd, 2010 at 11:07 pm:

Beyond words……we need to create a world that is beautiful as these castles.

Leda says on March 23rd, 2011 at 4:34 am:

Lets not forget the Heidelberg Castle.

Lars says on July 5th, 2012 at 9:01 am:

These castles, i would really like to visit them, but its nearly impossible to find the locations.. Can someone help me find where in germany i can look for castles? :)

Morphine Child says on October 23rd, 2012 at 3:34 pm:

I’ve been working there, and unfortunately didn’t have time to see any of these. Hopefully next time I’m in Germany it will be something like a pilgrimage to see all these beauties… no words can describe them…

tom says on January 21st, 2013 at 6:46 am:

I cistern many of these beautiful Castles.

jahid says on March 10th, 2013 at 4:32 pm:

i like german

Lorraine says on April 9th, 2013 at 9:00 pm:

I am looking for a castle venue in Germany where I can arrange an event for 300 people ideally incorporating a medival theme,,,any idea’s?

John says on May 11th, 2013 at 6:34 am:

Coming into Spangdahle, Germany with my family. Looking for ideas as to what to do and where to go. Never been to Germany. Open to suggestions, however, high on the agenda is to visit a castle – possibly stay a night if available. Thank You.

Maddy says on October 17th, 2013 at 10:37 am:

I’m German and I would love to visit these some day words cannot describe how beautiful they are!!!!

Ross says on February 17th, 2014 at 5:04 am:

There are not enough words to describe the beauty of this country. Bavaria by far in my view is thee most beautiful place I have ever been. I did seven overseas tours and traveled other countries. But as far a beauty I’ve always come back to Bavaria. However, I must say when I found out how many castles were in Germany it struck an interest with our families so we tried to see as many as we could. While we think of a castle as a grand ole place, most striking to me was the little castle of Lichtenstein in the Swabian Alb Mount Range. While the Neuschwanstein Castle (referred to as the Disney Castle) is probably the most famous that little castle impressed me the most. I can only suggest who ever plans a vacation to Germany you are going to sell yourself short on time. Get a book on the castles of German if that’s your fancy in addition to other books on the country and I would say Bavaria in particular. Don’t forget they have the best beer in my view, the best white wines ( I like toward the sweet side) and of course food. Of all my service tours, while all were special in their own way, Germany exceeded them all. Some parts favor American’s more than others and Bavaria tops the list.

miguel says on April 3rd, 2014 at 3:28 am:

i like all the castles

miguel says on April 3rd, 2014 at 3:35 am:

morphine u should get a haunted house and fill it with mid evil wepeons and skeloton shackled to the floor thet would be the perfect midevil theme

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