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The 7 Most Beautiful Castles in Germany

7. Löwenburg Castle

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Translated as “Lion’s Castle” is unique among all the castles in Germany in that it was conceived as a romantic medieval castle ruin. The design of Löwenburg Castle was based on a fantasy of Landgrave Wilhelm IX, but experts regard it a very important historical monument, because it was the first neogothic structure in the country.

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Unfortunately, Löwenburg Castle actually became a ruin after the damage sustained during the Second World War, and had to undergo serious repairs. It is now one of the biggest attractions of Wilhelmshöhe Hill Park, near the city of Kassel, and of Germany’s most popular tourist attractions.

6. Lichtenstein Castle

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Like many of the castles and fortresses in Germany, Lichtenstein Castle was built on the ruins of a ruined castle dating back to the 1200s. It sits on top of a cliff in the Swabian Alb Mountain range, and just like Neuschwanstein Castle, it looks like it belongs in a fairytale.

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The Castle was built between 1840 and 1842, in neogothic style, as a safe-haven for the dukes of Urach. The lower levels of the castle were carved into the rock upon which it was constructed. Lichtenstein is still owned by the dukes of Urach, but it is open to visitors. Those fascinated by knights will enjoy the weapons room.

5. Hohenschwangau Castle

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Hohenschwangau Castle was built in the 19th century, on the ruins of Schwanstein fortress, near the village of Schwangau, southern Germany.

Crown Prince Maximilian discovered the ruins of the old fortress and, fascinated by its rich history and by the beautiful surroundings, commissioned a summer and hunting residence.

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Fortunately, the beautiful neogothic-style structure wasn’t damaged during WWI and WWII and is now one of the most visited castles in Germany. Around 300,000 people arrive at Hohenschwangau every year.

4. Sanssouci Castle

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Designed as Frederick the Great’s summer palace, Sanssouci is considered by many a German rival of Versailles.

The palace of Sanssouci was built on a small terraced hill, at Potsdam, to fulfill Frederick’s need of a relaxing retreat. The name itself means “careless”, “without cares” and the fact that it resembles a one-story villa proves it wasn’t meant to represent a seat of power.

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Sanssouci is famous for its extensive gardens, filled with beautifully designed temples and follies and also for its original Frederician Rococo style, named after the great monarch, who’s personal taste influenced the architecture and decorations.

Sanssouci has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List and has become one of Germany’s top tourist destinations.

3. Burg Eltz

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Isolated in the valley of the Mossel River, near Koblenz, Burg Eltz is an authentic medieval castle, dating back to the mid twelfth century. Unlike other old German castles, it has never seen serious battles, so it maintains its original appearance without the help of modern architecture.

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Burg Eltz was built atop a 200 meter rock spire and is surrounded on three sides by the Eltz River and a thick forest. Its picturesque setting and impressive architecture have made Burg Eltz the most popular castle in Germany

Two thirds of Burg Eltz Castle are available to the public, while the other is the residence of the 33rd generation of the Eltz family.

2. Hohenzollern Castle

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Built atop 855 meters-high Mount Hohenzollern, this incredible example of German architecture stands as homage to the Hohenzollern dynasty, that ruled over Prussia since the Middle Ages, until the end of World War I.

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During a trip to Italy, Frederick William IV of Prussia, was passing through southern Germany and felt the need to learn more about the history of his family. He climbed to the top of Mount Hohenzollern and decided it was the perfect spot to build a memorial for the powerful dynasty.

Designed in Gothic Revival style, Hohenzollern Castle was built to resemble a medieval knights’ castle, very much like Neuschwannstein, only without the fantasy elements.

1. Neuschwannstein Castle

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Also known as “the fairytale castle”, Neuschwannstein is considered the most beautiful castle in Germany, and one of the most beautiful in the world.

Located in the state of Bavaria, this amazing architectural achievement was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, later known as Ludwig the Mad. In a letter to his muse, the famous German composer, Richard Wagner, he said he wished to build a castle in the style of the old German Knights, in the most beautiful place one could find.

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Open to visitors in 1886, after Ludwig’s death, Neuschwannstein Castle has become one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations and the most photographed building in the country. Over 50 million people have visited this fairytale castle ever since its opening.

17 Comments for "The 7 Most Beautiful Castles in Germany"

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.

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?

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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