Most beautiful castles in Germany
Germany boasts over 20,000 castles that are scattered throughout the hilly landscape. Each one has its own unique history and aspects that makes them stand out from the rest. But if you do not have the time to explore all 20,000 and need a short list, here are a few must-see castles to make time for.
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Heidelberg Castle is one of the most well-known castle ruins in Germany and sits proudly on a hill overlooking the historic city beneath. This Renaissance structure was partially rebuilt after its demolition in the 17th and 18th century. You can easily spend a full day there exploring the Heidelberg Tun which is the world’s largest wine barrel, or visit the Pharmacy Museum that holds old equipment and medicine both housed in the castle.
The 11th century Hohenzollern Castle sits on a mountain and lies 30 miles south of Stuttgart. It is privately owned and contains a wide range of treasures such as crowns, a letter from US President Washington and much more. While it is not the easiest castle to get to, it is well worth the effort to take in a breathtaking site.
Marienburg Castle is an interesting castle that was built by King George V on the Schulenburg Mountain for the 39th birthday of his wife, Queen Mary of Hanover. Taking over 10 years to build from 1858 to 1867, this Gothic Revival castle now hold numerous guided tours as well as various events such as plays, weddings, meetings and other big celebrations.
The number one German castle to visit though is Schloss Neuschwanstein in the Bavarian Alps near Fussen. This castle was used as inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and continually wows the 1.3 million visitors that visit annually. The history of this 19th century Romanesque Revival Palace is extremely intriguing as well so prepare to be fascinated.