10 magnificent castles in Germany curated for your pleasure
You will probably be rather surprised to know that in Germany there are no less than 20,000 castles. Choosing only 10 out of this huge number is not an easy task. There are many countries in Europe like England or France or Denmark with a historic castle, but the large amount of castle that Germany has is without comparison. You will love visiting the stunning castles, historic fortresses and hearing stories who lead you back in history to romance, to war and peace, to ghosts and of course Frankenstein. For the record vampires have chosen to live in Transylvania as “guests” of Count Dracula.
Germany is a huge country and these selected castles are scattered all over Germany. You can see the historical remains of the most famous castles. Some of the castles are still owned by the original families for over 900 years.
Even if you get a first impression of the history and castles of Germany, you probably want more trips to Germany to see your own selection. But let´s get started. Here are here some of the most interesting castles in Germany that you should visit.
Let’s dig in!
Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz)
The Eltz Castle is in Wierschem, in Germany. This is a spectacular castle and has a setting like no other castle in Germany. There is however, unfortunately, no way you can visit the Eltz Castle on your own. You will need to be a part of a guided tour. Eltz Castle has some of the most fabulous views and the architecture that shouts “royal and amazing”. Also, while you plan to visit here, make sure you know the opening months and periods of the castle. It is open from March to the first week of November only. And the hours to visit the Eltz Castle is 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.
The castle is located in a unique setting: Hidden in a side valley of the Moselle, erected on a 70 m high rock for defense purposes, surrounded on three sides by the Eltzbach and set in the midst of a natural paradise, it is the only castle to evoke a true medieval feeling. Imagine living here 850 years ago.
You will be awestruck as you walk through the castle. The view, the vibe, even the sound of your own voice in these huge surroundings and the fairy-tale architectural structure are just, what you might have imagined. The original family still owns it after 850 years, now owned and run by Count and Countess Eltz, and it is open for tourists. You can find some charming hotels to stay in Wierschem if you want to visit the Eltz castle.
Neuschwanstein Castle is not one of those castles that known for hosting friendly ghosts or built for defense purposes. It is a 19th-century castle, which has one of the best looks for a fairy-tale castle concept. When you visit here, make sure you pay special attention to the interior. It is nothing but the closest you can come to the Disney fairy-tale castle interpretation. The Neuschwanstein Castle did serve as an inspiration for the Disney fairy-tale castles, mainly the one in Sleeping Beauty. It is located in Fussen in Germany. Also, it is one of the most visited castles in Germany.
Wartburg Castle is one of the oldest castles and dates back to the middle age. The Wartburg castle has a great history. Wartburg Castle sits in splendor over the town of Eisenach in Thuringia. It was the first German castle to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, described as an exemplary hilltop castle of the feudal period in central Europe, despite alternations and additions made in later centuries. Wartburg Castle presents an impressive overview of 1,000 years of German history It was restored in the 19th century after the close to forgotten depression in 1521 and 1522. It is now a main tourist spot and exhibits the romanticism of the 19th-century Romantic era. It is located in the Eisenach in Germany.
Cochem Castle, next the Mosel river
Cochem Castle resides above the River Moselle in Cochem. It is about 1000 years old. And here you can only get inside if you are a part of a guided tour. You can, however, enjoy the vineyard that surrounds the Cochem castle for free. The soothing atmosphere and the relaxed environment are what people come here for. The picturesque view from the top of the river and the Cochem castle will leave you awestruck. Cochem has many hotels for the tourists to stay, who come here to visit Cochem Castle.
The Liechtenstein Castle
The Liechtenstein Castle is an old castle which is located in Liechtenstein, Germany. This castle was built in 1842. It was severely damaged in world war II, but was rebuilt soon after the war. You can get some amazing shots of the castle and the bridge which adds to the beauty of the castle. It is a Gothic-style castle.
Hohenzollern Castle on top of Berg Hohenzollern
Hohenzollern Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Germany. It is the third castle mentioned, which is built on the top of a mountain. And it is also unique, as it exhibits multiple architectural styles. It has two Gothic renovated buildings, worth seeing. People visit here perhaps mainly to see study the architectural styles and of course the view of the castle on the top of the mountain. The dramatic effect is, what attracts people the most. You can find this Hohenzollern Castle on the mountain in Baden-Württemberg in South-West of Germany.
Marburg castle may not be one of the very best looking and attractive castles of all 20.000. But people visit Marburg Castle to explore the amazing history. The Marburg castle is a from the Medieval period and also has gothic traits in it. It is also known for the documents that were found in the Marburg Castle from the time of the Nazi regime. The Marburg Castle now serves as a museum. You will love the large Gothic halls here in the Marburg Castles. It is located in the town of Marburg in Germany. You can find many hotels to stay, closest to Marburg if you plan to visit Marburg Castle.
Mespelbrunn Castle has its own unique charm. It is not excessively big, nor is the location super mesmerizing. None the less, this Mespelbrunn Castle still carries its importance quite well. It is one of the few castles which were not destroyed during World War 2. It is in Mespelbrunn in Germany.
Burg Frankenstein is a famous castle in Germany. It is famous for the haunting Frankenstein feeling and history. It was a military hospital and a jail in the 1700s. but before that medical experiments were done on bodies here in the Burg Frankenstein. People mostly visit here on events like Halloween. It is located in Muhlthal in Germany. The creator of the Frankenstein monster is Victor Frankenstein in the novel. He is the main character in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein. The castle is not in the original novel!
The film is from 1931 with Boris Karloff as the monster. Castle Frankenstein is a key element in the Frankenstein myth. In most adaptations, Castle Frankenstein is the gothic dwelling where the mysterious scientist performs his experiments and creates his infamous monster. However, there is no Castle Frankenstein within the text of Mary Shelley’s original novel.
And the place is quite peaceful to visit today, one may add 🙂
The Schwerin Castle is an incredibly beautiful Castle. It has the Schwerin lake around it, and it is in the city of Schwerin in Germany. The amazing location, along with the exquisite views makes it a perfect castle to visit. It is built in the Neo-Renaissance style. You will surely love this fairy-tale castle, which is more likely a landscape. You can find many hotels around the Schewin castle where you can stay at night.
More about traveling to Germany
These are some of the amazing castles, that you should add to your bucket list when you visit Germany. If you plan to visit Germany, you can visit Travel to Germany on traveltalk.travel for further details.
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