12 German Castles to Visit Soon

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Germany's historical influences and gorgeous architectural designs are aspects that set Germany apart from others.

Germany reflects the old-world charm in the 20,000 various German castles located throughout the country.

These twelve standouts of must-visit castles in Germany will transport you into another time period when you visit them.

Neuschwanstein

First, we look at one of the best attractions in Europe, this is one of the German castles, which is an inevitable stop if you visit Germany. The castle overlooks the massive alpine foothills. King Ludwig, former king of Bavaria, built the castle in a creative form, rather than a functional fortress. The style of Disney castles was inspired by the magnificent scenic mountain backdrop of the 19th century. Visit the fairy tales in real life.

Hohenzollern Castle: (Burg Hohenzollern)

Located on top of Mount Hohenzollern, this is one of the most visited castles in Germany. The castle resembles a real version of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series. It has silver and gold pieces, artwork, and royal robes enriched with ancient royal treasures, including extensive family history. Even though we'll never get Hogwart's letter, this is a magical alternative to check out!

Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)

Water entirely surrounds Schwerin Castle. The only way to cross the water is through the bridge that connects the castle to Schwerin, the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Northern Germany. The many similarities of the Romantic features of Neuschwanstein gave the castle its nickname "Neuschwanstein of the North." The throne rooms and exquisite porcelain collections are a must-see at this castle.

Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberger Schloss)

Dating back to approximately 1300, the red sandstone Heidelberg Castle was one of the best surviving German Renaissance structures. Being the largest castle ruin in Germany, it towers on the hillside 300 feet above the Old Town in Heidelberg. Many concerts and other various performances are held in the courtyard, in addition to massive firework displays at least three times each summer. This majestic castle is definitely worth a stop on your vacation.

Wartburg Castle (Schloss Wartburg)

This notable castle is where Martin Luther translated the New Testament of the Bible into German. This is one of the German castles that preserves many of its original artifacts and recreates the medieval and Renaissance feel. The castle is considered Germany's real-life fairy tale castle, and one of the favorites among the Germans.

Marburg Castle (Landgrafenschloss)

The castle is situated in the town of Marburg, originating near AD 1000. Many visitors come to Marburg through the German Fairy Tale Route. The infamous Brothers Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm) went to university in this town and used this specific castle for their folklore inspiration, including Rapunzel and Snow White. You'll experience the storybook adventure you've read about your whole childhood.

Nuremberg Castle (Nürnberger Burg)

The castle is one of the most important medieval fortresses in Europe. This castle is in Nuremberg and is extremely powerful and significant during the Holy Roman Empire. Reaching more than 50 meters into the rock below, the Deep Well is the castle's main appeal. Tour through this massive imperial castle and feel like you are in the Middle ages.

Wernigerode Castle (Schloss Wernigerode)

Built in the Middle Ages, the Wernigerode castle was a safe stopping area for emperors on their frequent hunting trips to the Harz Mountains. It expanded in the late Gothic era, transforming into a beautiful Renaissance fortress. This castle offers an exquisite panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the Wernigerode city. Stroll through the Renaissance staircase tower and catch a glimpse of the elegance from that era.

Marksburg Castle (Schloss Marksburg)

Marksburg is the only hill castle in the stretch of the river that still exists. Built above the water with a triangular layout, the Romanesque-style castle is where powerful families resided. You can see beautiful views of the Rhine river from this castle. You can also see what the interior of a medieval castle looked like when it was initially built.

Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz)

When you think of romantic, beautiful, and charming castles, the Eltz castle needs to be on top of the list. Despite being distant from society, this castle attracts many people for its seclusion. Be sure to visit the Knights Hall, as it features countless private collections of historical artworks and authentic medieval decor.

Weesenstein Castle (Schloss Weesenstein)

Located in Saxony, the Weesenstein Castle is a must-visit if you're a lover of museums or wine. Thousands of aged wines are in the cellar of the castle. The various exhibits show each part of the eras from the 19th century to the Middle Ages. The castle also has a serene park nearby with formal rose gardens, foundations, and a tea house along the river Müglitz.

Lichtenstein Castle (Schloss Lichtenstein)

Sometimes referred to as "Cinderella's castle," the Gothic Revival bastion sits on a high rocky top at the edge of the Swabian Alps. The appearance of this 1800s version medieval castle resembles a storybook charm with a tall round tower. The castle offers a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape, including the Echaz river.

Each of the German castles tells a captivating story. The sights are magnificent and will certainly sweep you off your feet as you step into your fairy tale land.

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