Knowing the castles of Germany is one of the most beautiful and rewarding experiences.

They are dream castles, full of splendor and stories that are hidden behind their walls, spaces to live a fairy tale, a magical love story and even to come across a ghost hidden since the Middle Ages.

Let’s see below the most beautiful castles.

1. Reichsburg Cochem Castle

This castle dates from the year 1000 AD. c.

Its construction was ordered by a count of Palatinate and then it came to be guarded by other owners until an emperor chose to pawn it to pay for his own coronation.

In the 16th century, the French King Louis XIV invaded the region with his troops and the Reichsburg Castle suffered extensive damage, but fortunately it was later rebuilt in a neo-Gothic style.

The castle is located on a hill, next to it crosses the river Moselle. It is an impressive sight to seem to sleep on the edge of the strong river and without fear of falling into the water.

Within its walls you can see an extensive collection of Renaissance and Baroque furniture.

2. Mespelbrunn Castle

Mespelrbrunn Castle is located in the Spessart Forest between Frankfurt and Wurzburg.

Its construction began as a simple house on the water, but it became an important work of German architecture. It is one of the most visited in the country.

Although it is a privately owned castle, the family that inhabits and cares for it opens its doors to the public all year round. It must be a great honor to be able to show tourists one of the most beautiful castles in Europe.

People who have visited describe it as a wonderful experience and highly recommend a walk along the paths that are found in the castle grounds.

3. Wartburg Castle

This beautiful castle was founded in the 11th century, although it became famous a few centuries later. It is located in Eisenach.

Part of its history highlights the fact that it was the place chosen by the Protestant reformer Martin Luther to finish translating the Bible in the 16th century.

Another curious fact about this castle is that Adolf Hitler, during his tenure, wanted the castle to remove the cross and replace it with a swastika.

This is one of the best-kept medieval castles in Germany.

4. Lichtenstein Castle

This beautiful castle was built in honor of the medieval knights of Lichtenstein.

It is considered one of the newest in Germany, because it was built in the 19th century. However, already in the 12th century a first castle had been erected here, but it fell due to lack of care.

Located in the Swabian Alps, very close to Honau, its location is reminiscent of fairy tales, as it stands imposingly on a hill that is only accessible via a stone bridge that starts on the opposite hill.

This neo-Gothic style castle is very famous for its extensive collection of ancient weapons and armor. It is a beautiful destination for buffs of medieval history.

5. Schwerin Castle

Beautiful and proud, Schwerin Castle stands on an island in the main lake of Schwerin, on the same spot where another castle had previously stood in the 10th century. This was the home for several centuries of the Dukes of Mecklenburg and their descendants.

In the 20th century it was transformed into a university for educators and a museum. Currently its spaces are used as a government building for the Mecklenburg state parliament.

This castle is considered one of the best examples of ancient architecture in Europe.

Apart from beautiful towers, works and sculptures, visitors with a broader sense will be able to find the famous ghost Petermännchen, who resides in the castle dressed in 17th century costumes.

6. Heidelberg Castle

It is a beautiful castle that rises 80 meters on the northern part of a hillside and commands the beautiful view of the center of Heidelberg.

Its ruins stand out among the most important examples of Renaissance architecture in the north of the Alps.

Its history has been tragic, with constant collapses and accidents since it was first built in the 13th century.

After being destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War and later by the French in the 17th century, it was also struck by lightning in 1764.

In its process of constant destruction and restoration, the castle’s stones were taken to build new dwellings in Heidelbeg, new houses with a touch of royalty.

Due to the constant restorations, the castle is home to different architectural styles that adorn it today.

7. Hohenschwangau Castle

This castle was discovered by Maximilian II, father of Louis II, when he was still the crown prince.

The area where it is located was very pleasant for the king, who decided to buy it despite being in ruins and rescue it.

Once the castle was ready, it was used by Maximilian as a hunting lodge and summer palace. After his death in 1864, the heir Louis II continued to keep it and since he never married, his mother continued to inhabit it as her main residence until her death.

This castle is located in the town of Hohenschwangau, near the city of Füssen.

8. Burg Eltz Castle

It is a mysterious castle built on a gigantic rock in the middle of the forest, near the Moselle river between Koblenz and Trier. For centuries it has been the residence of the Rodenfort, Kempenich and Rübenach families, from its beginnings in the 12th century.

Its medieval architecture is unique in its style and highlights the fact that it has never suffered the ravages of war. In 1979 its façade was taken for the film “The Ninth Configuration”.

It has a wide collection —considered one of the best in Europe— of artifacts made of gold and silver, as well as porcelain and jewelry, it even still has some of its original furniture.

9. Hohenzollern Castle

This beautiful castle was built in the 11th century, but it was destroyed over the centuries and only its chapel remained. In the 19th century, King Frederick William IV of Prussia ordered its reconstruction.

It is located 50 km south of Stuttgart and has long been the home of the Hohenzoleern family, from which important emperors and kings have emerged. It is one of the most visited castles in Germany.

The tourist attraction of this castle goes beyond its architecture, since it contains numerous treasures, among which the crown of the Kings of Prussia and uniforms of historical figures such as Frederick the Great stand out.

10. Neuschwanstein Castle

The best known, most photographed and most visited castle in Germany is Neuschwanstein Castle, a tourist destination par excellence.

It is a beautiful and imposing construction that served as inspiration for the castle in the Disney movie “Sleeping Beauty”.

It is located in the Bavarian Alps near the city of Füssen. It was built towards the end of the 19th century, which is why it is relatively modern and contrary to the other castles: it was never intended for defensive purposes.

It was created as a refuge, a place of rest and enjoyment for Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Beautiful chandeliers and paintings decorate the entire place, especially noteworthy is the fact that the third floor has been dedicated to swans, due to Ludwig II of Bavaria’s taste for scenes from Richard Wargner’s operas.

These are beautiful castles that even the least romantic fall in love with, 10 wonderful destinations that you can visit in Germany and that will transport you to a magical world of fairy tales and medieval mystery.

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