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Germany has 20,000 castles to visit so there will be certainly an amazing German castle for your taste, with this list of the top Germany castles you must see trying to inspire you to find your favorite one

Visiting castles in Germany is one of the most amazing things to do when planning your trip to Germany. With an incredible history stretching over many centuries, the Germany that we know today was very different back in the Middle Ages, as hundreds of cities and dozens of states battled for power in Germany. So in order to show and to protect that power, the Kings and noble families in Germany built thousands castles and palaces in Germany, from which circa 20,000 survived, to impress the travellers looking to visit and experience them.

Almost all the most beautiful castles in Germany were built or rebuilt in the 19th century, so slightly before the Germany unification under one Emperor in 1871. This was a last swan song to reaffirm the power of the German states that luckily for us travellers has made the castles in Germany even more attractive. As a History lover, to visit castles in Germany is for me always an incredible experience but also for any traveller looking into the culture of Germany its a top thing to do, as they offer you unique architecture masterworks in stunning locations.

The most visited castle in Germany is Neuschwanstein castle, that most people know because of being the inspiration to Disney’s Cinderella castle or at least so we think. Neuschwanstein was preceded by many castles in the same century that actually served as inspiration to the Bayern King Ludwig masterpiece. And with that you already know that in this list there will be many amazing castles to visit in Germany, some of them will surprise you!

I will start from number 15 in the list to the top castle in Germany to visit, with a slight description, key infos and great pictures to inspire you to travel there. Ready to start?

In this map, you can see the locations of the most beautiful 15 castles to visit in Germany. I will give you the ranking later.



Heidelberg castle would be the top castle in ruins in Germany and Europe by far as it stands beautifully positioned between hills, the Neckar river and a medieval bridge to frame it like a poem in painting. And it was precisely this romantic view of the castle that made it so popular in the 19th century to many artists enchanted by this lost castle aura.

Originally built on the 13th century, Heidelberg castle history is full of incredible events due to its location. In 1303, lightning struck the castle and destroyed the upper part. Only a few decades later, when Rupert III became King of Germany, Heidelberg was renovated and expanded to become a royal residence house but also a key military stronghold that was involved in many wars. The 30 Years War (1618–1648) in which European Protestant States fought against Roman Catholic States forces was one of zthose amin events as in 1622 the Protestant Army did capture the castle. After it was rebuilt at the end of this War, the French Army took hold of the deserted Heidelberg castle in 1688, and retreated from it in 1689 but first setting it on fire and destroying its fortifications and defensive structures. Since then Heidelberg castle remained in ruins and only some basic renovations were done.

It was only in the 19th century that Heidelberg castle started to become popular as famous painters like William Turner, poets like Lord Byron and many philosophers, These artists managed to convince several European Lords to start a more complete restoration of the castle that made it happen at the end of the 19th century. This kind of promotion to make the Heidelberg castle have his former grandeur was further enhanced by the famous writer Mark Twain that described it as one true wonder in Germany. Since then the Heidelberg castle and region became one of the most visited by American and Japanese tourists, among many others. Also the open-air music festivals and operas taking place here during Summer attract thousands of local travellers.

The best place to take the perfect photo of this castle is from the other side of the Neckar river, before the medieval bridge or by hiking the beautiful Philosopher’s way. The views from the left of the castle are also quite beautiful as well as from the city central square. Do take the funicular to the castle and then more above for incredible 360 views of the Heidelberg region.

Opening hours: Heidelberg castle is open all-year round from 9am to 6pm to visit the castle courtyard, terraces and garden + apothecary museum. To visit the castle inner rooms its only possible with a guided tour from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm)

Entry fee: Heidelberg castle ticket costs 9€ for adults, the guided tours of the castle jnteriors cost additional 6€.

How to get there: The best way to get to Heidelberg is with train from Frankfurt am Main or Stuttgart in a circa 1 hour trip duration. Or then drive to Heidelberg by car to be more flexible if you want to visit other interesting attractions nearby.

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The scenery doesn’t get much more dramatic than on top of this isolated limestone cliff by the Elbe river, as Königstein castle is one of the many wonders at the stunning Saxon Switzerland national park. The “King’s Stone” Stone of the King was one of the unconquerable fortresses where Saxon rulers took refuge and even Napoleon was so impressed that he stayed here on his way east.

Seat of a powerful medieval castle built on the 12th century, Königstein was expanded over the centuries to become one of the most imposing fortresses in Germany, before being turned into a State Prison in the late 19th century. Over the centuries it got more and more additional buildings and even bunkers that make a visit to its grounds an incredible castle experience. I did particularly liked its War Museum, the ancient well and the chapel, besides the amazing views of the Saxon Switzerland park.

Best picture spot to admire Königstein is from the other side of the Elbe, in particular from LiIlienstein (1 1/2 hours hike)

Opening hours: Königstein castle is open everyday from Apr- Oct from 9am to 6pm and Nov- Mar 9am to 5pm, witth the last admission 1 hour before closing time.

Entry fee: Königstein ticket costs 15€ for adults from Apr-Oct, 11€ from Nov- Mar , guided tours offered daily with 60-90 duration for extra 4€ fee (Children up to 16 yo free) . The guided tour is offered in German, English, Czech.

How to get there: The biggest cities near Königstein is Dresden (45 minutes) and Leipzig (1 1/2 hours), so it makes sense to drive from there. In alternative take the scenic train to Bad Schandau and then connect with bus or suburban trains. There is a mini train from the parking spot to the fortress for extra 2€ if you want to save the walk up (15-20 minutes uphill)

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Würzburg is one of the major cities in Central Germany with its imposing Marienberg castle overlooking it majestically as very few castles do due to its proximity to the city. Somehow its location reminded me of Heidelberg castle but here the fortifications are still complete and the buildings kept their original interiors.

The original castle on the Marienberg, ‘Mary’s Hill” , was a small fort built early in the 8th century by the Franconian-Thuringian dukes, that was then enlarged from the 13th century onwards under the local Prince- Bishops. After it was attached in 1631 by the Swedes, the massive bastions were built. In 1945 the fortress was almost completely burned out, and its reconstruction was only completed in 1990. The various buildings look like the original and the views from above are stunning, also liked the bastions walk!

Best place to take pictures of Würzburg castle is from across the bridge over river Main, with the old bridge giving it a feeling like Heidelberg has.

Opening hours: Wurzburg castle is open everyday except Mondays and some public holidays, Apr-Oct from 9am- 6pm, Nov- Mar 10am- 4.30pm

Entry fee: Wurzburg is free to visit the grounds and bastions, 4€ fee for 45 minutes guided tours hourly in Apr-Oct, less frequent Nov- Mar. Fortress Museum costs 5€ admission.

How to get there: From Würzburg you can walk up in 15-20 minutes after crossing the old bridge. Nearby biggest cities you could come by car or train are Nuremberg or Frankfurt in circa 1 hour or more. Combine the trip to Marienberg with the Würzburg Palace and old town of Würzburg plus Aschaffenburg.

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Braunfels Castle is the most beautiful Gothic castle in Germany and has been the stage for open air concerts and operas due to its prominent location on a basalt rock well above the city of Lahn.

Originally built in the 13th century, the imposing Braunfels was further expanded over the following 300 years, until a striking fire left most of the castle in ruins. The reconstruction was fully completed in the 19th century as Ferdinand, the “Hunting Prince”. had the castle mostly built in neo-gothic style. After the year 1880, Prince Georg installed the picturesque towers that can be spotted from afar.

Each year a huge medieval fair takes place in Braunfels what makes this a great castle to visit in August. Best spot to see Braunfels stunning fortification is from a street called Heinrich – Ziegler strasse as you will have an open view of the towers.

Opening hours: Braunfels castle is open everyday from 9am to 6pm

Entry fee: Braunfels ticke cost 4€ for visitors above 12 years to visit the castle museum, 9€ cost for a circa 50 minutes guided tour that usually takes place hourly on weekends from 11am to 4pm and Tuesdays / Thursdays tours will be at 11am and 2pm

How to get there: Frankfurt is a stone’s throw away from Braunfels, either by car (1 hour) or with train & bus from Franfkfurt main station (1h30 min)

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Sigmaringen castle evoques the best of the neo-gothic style from the 19th century castles in Germany, with a perfect location by the Danube river on a cliff that overlooks the surrounding valley, offering beautiful interiors and the biggest private ancient weapons collection in Europe.

Whilst the 12th century castle was the original building, it was vastly changed in the 15th century by the Count of Werdenberg. It was only after the powerful family of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen took possession in the 16th century, that the castle became a Renaissance style castle, serving as a royal residence to this branch of the Hohenzollern family that gave Germany’s Emperors..

Due the great fire of 1893 almost the entire castle was destroyed so it had to be rebuilt over the coming years, period in which the velvet room and the weapons gallery was restored. The Portuguese Gallery, one of the most splendorous rooms io saw with its multiple mirrors was completed in 1902 . Sigmaringen castle still remains in the possession of the Hohenzollern although they don’t live here since the early 21st century.

Opening hours: Sigmaringen castle is open from 10th Mar- 9th Nov daily 9.30am- 5.30 pm, 10th Nov- 23rd Dec Thursday to Sunday 10am- 5pm, 26th Dec to Sunday 7th Jan from 10am to 5pm. Closed from 8th Jan to 9th March.

Entry fee: Sigmaringen castle admission fee costs 14€ for adults to visit the Hohenzollern castle and Armory including tour or an Audio Guide in different languages. Guided tours are done only in German at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm.

How to get there: By car from Stuttgart in 1h30 min or 2h30 min from Munich to Sigmaringen, best combined with Hohenzollern castle and Lichtenstein castle visits (both on this list).

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Moritzburg castle is not only the most amazing baroque castle in Germany but is also the most unique with its island location in the middle of Moritzburg lake. Add to that the fact that it has been the filming location of one of the most popular fairy tales in Germany and Eastern Europe, it makes it a must see castle in Germany.

If you are around Dresden there will be many great places to visit, but i really loved the unique setting of this castle for a 1/2 day trip. The main castle only accessible via a pedestrian bridge to access the artificial island where Duke Moritz of Saxony decided to build this castle on the 16th century. Interesting enought it was destined to be a hunting lodge and not his permanent residence. Only in 1723 it got refurbished by the local king Augustus the strong. A 2nd bridge connects to a lovely garden just across the island.

Its also worth walking around the lake for beautiful photo perspectives and why not take a horse pulled carriage ride around it to admire its amazing architectire. And if you ever see the film “Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella” / “Aschenbrödel ” you will know why this castle is even more magical during Winter!

Opening hours: Moritzburg castle is open everyday for visits from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from 18th March to 1st Nov. Then from 2nd Nov to 26th Feb its open from 10am to 5pm bit only the special exhibition. Castle interior is closed themn from 27th Feb to 17th March bu you can still visit its grounds.

Entry fee: Moritzburg entry costs 12€ for visitors above 12 years in the main season, 10€ during Winter season, guided tours on request during the main season.

How to get there: Located only 15km from Dresden, its easily accessible in 30 minutes by car via A4 or via A13. By public transport, take the train to Dresden Neustadt Station, then bus line 477 towards Radeburg as far as Moritzburg Castle  

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A true fortress on the hill, Wartburg castle can be seen from all over Eisenach in an incredible location on a narrow hilltop 400 meters high above a precipice. Once you hike your way up, you will be having a sight that even Martin Luther, the famous Protestant Reformer, couldn’t resist in his days at the castle as you walk between incredible inner rooms dating from the 11th century to the 19th century.

Wartburg castle was the first German castle to receive the UNESCO World Heritage status as it shows 1,000 years of German history behind its walls. According to the legend, the castle was originally built in 1067, from which the the surviving main castle building with its great hall is a testimony to its medieval glory. It was also the home to St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a 13th century queen and also to the exiled Martin Luther in 1521 as he translated here the BIble to German (it was only allowed in Latin before he revolutionized the Church with is 95 theses manifest). Also the writer Goethe and the componists Richard Wagner and JS Bach were truly impressed.

The most spectacular sight is from the Southwest as you approach the hilltop from the hiking paths coming from Eisenach. I recommend that you take the Dragon Gorge path, then the Elves Grotto , before heading up through the Sängerwiese to the viewpoint and then to the castle. It should take 1 1/2 hours. Of course if you prefer there is a parking place close to the entrance and a bus connects Eisenach city center to Wartburg castöe.

Opening hours: Wartburg castle historical rooms and the museum are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission). The castle courtyards and outdoor facilities can be visited every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. free of charge. From 7th November to 31st March the opening times are from 9.30am to 3.30pm and 9am to 5pm respectively.

Entry fee: Wartburg entry fee is 12€ including the castle tour (with audioguide) for adults. Guided tours in English at 1.30pm for no extra charge.

How to get there: Located at the heart of Thuringia state, its quicker to drive by car here from Frankfurt or Leipzig in circa 2 hours. There are also direct good train connecions to both Frankfurt and Leipzig in less than 2 hours, among other big cities.

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Cochem castle seems taken from a Hollywood film location as it overlooks the Mosel River, with a panoramic view of its scenic river bends, vineyards and the beautiful medieval city. Take also the fact that Cochem also has the main harbour for river cruises down the Mosel river and is the departure point for many hikes along the best vineyeards region in Germany and you have the perfect setting.

Cochem is a UNESCO castle built on the 11th century that since its construction, has passed hands several times. In 1151, it was occupied by King Konrad III, who declared it an Imperial castle. In 1689, the castle was destroyed by the King of France Louis XIV’s troops and remained in ruins for 180 years until a Berlin businessman called Louis Ravené decided to rebuild it. After several other owners, it was finally bought by the city of Cochem in 1978 and was then open to the public. You can only see Cochem castle rooms via guided tours that are absolutely worth it as the decorations really found the inner essence of the medieval times.

The best views from the castle are from the bridge crossing the Mosel river or from the other riverside. The scenic views from the castle itself are truly amazing. The historical city center of Cochem is worth a visit. The fact that the impressive fairy castle of Eltz is only 14km away, it can be a combined trip to visit both on the same day(s). Note that Cochem Castle restaurant offers medieval events meals with reservations to be made in advance.

Opening hours: Cochem castle is open everyday from 9am to 5pm for guided tours from the 11th March to 1st November , except on 5th & 6th August due to the castle festival. On Winter season from 2nd November to 7th January and 11th February to 10th March , opening times are from 10am to 3pm (last admission). Finally from 8th January to 10th February the castle is only open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm.

Entry fee: Cochem castle ticket is 8,50€ for guided tours for adults, there are also tours for children and ghost tours at night. The tour takes usually 45 minutes.

How to get there: To get to Cochem castle, driving by car from Cologne or Frankfurt is the best option as it takes 1 1/2 hours and allows you to be flexible to visit also Eltz castle and other Mosel area top attractions / hikes. If you bring more time, you can also take the boat trip down river from Koblenz to Cochem in 3 hours. There are also good train connections from Cologne or Frankfurt but you need to change trains in Koblenz, trip takes more than 2 hours.

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Wernigerode castle could be the castle that everyone would be visiting if its wasn’t for the fact that is far from most big German cities. But that’s also what makes the the charm of going to the Harz region, as its location on the only snowy mountain range in Northern Germany provide a quite different scenario from most castles in the North of Germany, that are usually located around flatter valleys and lakes.

It was actually its location in the Harz region that made Wernigerode the perfect place for a medieval fortress to guard the passage through the mountains and also a great residence for going to hunting due to its prolific wildlife. Wernigerode castle history starts around the 12th century with its first site, that was only later on the 15th century onwards majorly changed with other architectural styles to be partially destroyed by the 30 Years War in the 17th century. This gave the opportunity to Count Ernst zu Stolberg-Wernigerode in the late 17th century to reconstruct the castle but now in baroque mode instead of following the original building diverse patterns that were still partially there. And on the 19th century Count Otto added to this plethora of combined styles his own touch with a Neo-Romantic architecture refurbishment making . So it doesn’t get much more diverse than this castle!

There are great points to view the Wernigerode castle from all over the city and of course the panoramic of the castle are also stunning. The experience you should definitely do here is to take the historical Brockenbahn steam train to the area of Harz, a kind od Harry Potter train that is a fantastic way to reach the castle and other areas of the beautiful Harz nearby- you can check schedules, itinerary and book online here on their website.

And whilst at the Wernigerode castle, do take the day tour and if you stay for the night then take the ghost tour with a unique way to discover the castle secrets!

Opening hours: Wernigerode castle is open daily from 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5.30pm) from April 3rd to 5th November, then from from 6th November to 2nd April its open from Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm , on weekends 10am to 6pm, closed on Mondays on this period. It will be also closed on some public holidays or due to special events.

Entry fee: The castle ticket cost 9€ for visitors above 14 years, tours or audio guides can be included depending on groups size (minimum is 10 persons) for additional fee. Enquire for local night tours after the castle as officially closed, that must be done for groups also with a minimum 10 persons, costing 17€ per person.

How to get there: Located relatively near the smaller highway A39, the best way to get to the Harz region is by a car, with the drive taking 2 hours from Hanover 3 1/2 hours from Hamburg (3 hours). Once in the region do use the Brockenbahn steam train to visit the main spots, To the Wernigerode castle there is a smaller train out of the city centre/ castle parking taking you or then walk around 20-25 minutes.

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To be considered the Neuschwanstein of the North is no small feat as Marienburg castle imposes its unique majestic architecture in a small hilltop over a large surrounding valley and river flowing nearby. It’s the picture perfect castle in Northern Germany.

And why the Neuschwanstein comparison? Besides being built around on the same years of the 19th century, in a Romantic and new Gothic style, it’s also a history of love and tragedy like Neuschwanstein.

Offered by king George V of Hannover to its wife Marie as a proof of his love, King George was, shortly after his construction finished, forced into file but his wife Marie couldn’t leave her fairy tale castle until she too had to go to exile. It meant that over the next 80 years the castle was completely empty until 1945. Add to the drama that King George was blind by the time of its construction, so he actually never saw his castle creation, but only a model that he could touc

I especially liked the views before crossing the bridge and heading up to the castle, namely on the right side. You can either park before the bridge and walk 15-20 minutes uphill or then try to find a parking spot near the entrance. Marienburg also holds some impressive medieval fairs and events during Summer.

Opening hours: Marienburg castle is open for visits Tuesdays to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm from 25th March to 31st October. In the low season from November to March, its only open for visits on weekends from 11am to 5pm with guided tours

Entry fee: 13,50€ for adults during high season , guided tour available for 2,50€. During low season its only possible to visit the castle with a guided tour that costs 12,50€.

How to get there: Located relatively near Hanover, its a quick 30 minutes drive by car, but if you are coming from Hamburg it’s around 2 hours. Ideally combine your visit here with Kassel or Hanover hubs.

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Schwerin castle will just be the crown jewel you are looking to visit in Germany in a incredible setting that makes it so much the ultimate castle in terms of architecture, location and castle interior

Located in a small island, accessible via two bridges, Schwerin castle is surrounded by beautiful grounds, with a lovely garden and lake on its western side that offers stunning panorama views of the castle golden domes and amazing reflections.

Formerly the residence of the Dukes of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, it now houses the regional parliament and a museum that gives you access to the most beautiful castle rooms and chapel plus one unique exhibition of great paintings. My favorite rooms were the Royal Hall and the Ancient portraits gallery.

Definitely worth coming here in the afternoon and then capture the golden hour reflections at the end of the day from the side of the western garden.

Opening hours: Schwerin castle museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6 pm , last admission at 5.30pm. Closed on Mondays. Castle garden and grounds are always open.

Entry fee: 7.50€ for adults, for additional 3€ you can go on a guided tour

How to get there: Located in between Hamburg and Berlin, Schwerin can be easily accessed in less that 1 1/2 hours by car from Hamburg or 2 hours from Berlin. You can also take the train that will be taking circa 2 hours from the main train stations.

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Eltz castle is one of those fairy castles that will leave you speechless once you set your sights on this uniquely oval shaped castle surrounded by forest all over in a perfect greenery setting in the Elzbach valley.

Unlike many beautiful castles in Germany, Eltz castle (in German Burg Eltz) has never been destroyed since its construction in 1157 and it has been owned by the same family since then. Though no longer inhabited , its still the main highlight of the Eltz family.

The interiors are all you can expect from an amazing medieval castle, that you can only visit via guided tours. The tour takes around one hour and my highlight here was the incredible knights hall and many of the chambers like the bedrooms decoration on the walls. The main courtyard where you are surrounded by the multiple towers is also unique and a delightful view.

But from the outside, when coming from the forest or when hiking down the main road from a couple of viewpoints and at the stone castle bridge its when the castle strikes you. its no surprise  that the castle has been visited time and again by many painters, poets or artists who were inspired by its unique architecture. One of the most famous visitors was William Turner, that immortalized the castle in his dramatic paintings . Perhaps you too will be impressed and will take pictures of a lifetime.

What i definitely recommend is that you do the hike via the Elzbach valley trail from Moselkern on the Mosel River. The relatively easy 5-km hike on dirt but well maintained paths takes around 1 hour.

Opening hours: The Eltz castle is open daily from 1 April to 1 November from 9.30am to 5pm (last admission at the gate). During WInter season you can nevertheless admire the castle from the outside, often covered in snow.

Entry fee: 12€ for adults that gives you access to the castle courtyard, guided tour and treasury. Guided tours start at regular intervals from 9.30am in the upper courtyard. The tours take around 35-40 minutes. The last guided tour starts at 17:30. Usually done in German, but they also are offered in English and French, just ask at the gate. Treasury exhibition needs no guided tour.

How to get there:  To get to Eltz castle, is pretty similar to Cochem as they are only 14km / 25 minutes by car distant by each other so a trip here combining them is the best way. You can reach Burg Eltz driving by car from Cologne or Frankfurt in around 1 1/2 hours. There are also good train connections from Cologne or Frankfurt to Cochem but you need to change trains in Koblenz to Cochem and then the Castles bus line 330 to the area of Eltz castle called Wierschem. Trip takes more than 2 hours in this case.

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Neuschwanstein castle was the main castle that inspired Walt Disney’s Cinderella fairy tale castle for many and is the ultimate destination when visiting Germany, namely when travelling in Bavaria. Neuschwanstein is also the most visited castle in Germany with over 1 million tourists per year, making it the must see spot in any Germany travel plan.

Born out of a dream by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, a king obsessed with medieval history , perhaps to make him forget the fact that he actually had no kingdom to rule. Unexpectedly assuming the Bavarian throne when he was only 18 years old , following the sudden death of his father, just after 2 years he lost key battles against the powerful state of Prussia, that made him his vassal and make Bavaria lose its independence. He only kept the king title as Prussia went on to unify the rest of Germany but in reality he was just a subordinate of the Prussians.

Then due to its romantic vision of medieval times he focused his energies in building a unique castle that could match the legends, namely using the componist Richard Wagner works as its inspiration, summoning him help in the construction of spectacular castles with Neuschwanstein being its prime creation. But too much involved in his fantasy world, he neglected his royal duties, increased the debts hugely and eventually ended up being madly obsessed. Tragically enough he didn’t survive to see the castle completely constructed, but left us its spectacular heritage as the icon of Bavaria and Germany.

Neuschwanstein castle can be accessed from the town of Schwangau, home to the castle of Hohenschwangau. where King Ludwig II lived, by foot via the forest in circa 30 minutes with amazing views along the way including the beautiful lake Eibsee. In alternative there is a small shuttle bus that for 3,50€ roundtrip takes you close to teh entrance but I definitely recommend walking up.

Then the best Neuschwanstein castle view when seen from Marienbrücke (Mary’s bridge) and if you walk 15 minutes on the rough path afterwards there is an even better viewpoint! (note that when there is too much ice / snow, the bridge and trailhead afterwards will be closed). And When at the castle, remember that no pictures are allowed inside the castle but at least you can admire the courtyard. Both the courtyard and the castle can only be accessed with a guided tour.

Opening hours: Neuschwanstein castle is open daily from 1st April to 15th November from 9am to 6pm and 16th October to 31st March from 10am to 4pm. Note that until mid-Summer 2023, the bedroom, the dressing room, the living room and the grotto will unfortunately be closed to the public. Other renovation works will continue until 2024.

Entry fee: Tickets to Neuwschwanstein castle cost 15€ including the mandatory castle tpour. Due to high number of visitors you are advised to book your Neuschwanstein castle tour online and well in advance. Tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle are available online at or you might be lucky to get on on premise at the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau (limited daily number). The tours take around 30 minutes. There is also a combined KIng Ludwig’s castles ticket, that costs 31€ and is valid for six months to visit each of the palaces Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee once

How to get there:  To get to Neuschwanstein castle, you can get there ideally by car from Munich in 1 1/2 hour, by following the signs to Füßen and then Hohenschwangau. From Stuttgart to Neuschwanstein, it will take about 2 hours. In alternative use the public transport by taking the train to Füssen, then the bus to Neuschwanstein ( Hohenschwangau Neuschwanstein Castles, Schwangau).

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Even if it might not have the dimensions of Neuschwanstein castle, Lichtenstein castle definitely looks like almost a mini version Neuschawastein, but somehow more charming, elegant and with fewer zourists. One could say that Lichtenstein castle is the ultimate compact fairy tale castle , located over a beautiful gorge with stunning views over the suurounding valleys.

Even if the current castle that you can visit originates from the 19th century, it does resemble a medieval castle with gothic and romantic styles perfectly combined The first Lichtenstein castle was built on the 11th century, the castle was in ruins after the last Lichtenstein family member died in battle in 1687. After a German writer used it in his dramatic novel Lichtenstein, Count Wilhelm (later Duke) of Urach acquired the property in 1840 and engaged a famous architect to design a medieval castle on the same location. The castle dream of the Duke became real in 1857 and is still considered today the Neuschwanstein of Swabia/ Baden-Württemberg state.

The best view is definitely after passing near the castle bridge, with two amazing viewpoints on its right side. You can’t have this Lichtenstein castle view from outside the castle (unless you have a drone of course), you need to access the inner courtyard. As its in the same area as Hohenzollern castle, you can combine both visits in the same day, eventually with Sigmaringen too if you start early.

Opening hours: Lichtenstein castle is open daily from 10am-5.30pm in Summer, to 4pm in March / Nov / Dec. It closes completely during January-February.

Entry fee: Lichtenstein castle tickets, including a 30 minutes castle guided tour, cost 8,50€ but you can choose to visit just the courtyard for only 3,50€.

How to get there: Lichtenstein castle is located just 1 hour by car south of Stuttgart in the Swabian Jura Mountains, By car is the best way to access the castle as you can combine it in a day trip with Hohenzollern castle. Its 2 1/2 hours from Munich.

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I kept the best for last with the formidable Hohenzollern castle, one of the most imposing castles in Europe and for me the number one German castle. Its location in a lonely hill in a wide valley, a unique architectural style and one of the most beautiful castle courtyards make it a one of a kind combination .

The original castle was built in medieval times but after it was left in ruins, the German royal family rebuilt it to a new level of Romanticism and Gothic styles in the 19th century, even before Neuschwanstein castle was fully built in similar styles. The royal family lived here during the 18th century World War I and their descendants still come here often for celebrations & events. The interiors are superb and you can only visit the inner rooms with with a guided tour.

Definitely a must see castle when in Southern Germany, either if you are in Baden Württemberg or Bayern. The best views from the Hohenzollern are from the Zellerhorn Peak accessible via good hiking trail or then from the villages of Bising or Wessingen at the fooot of the hill.

Ticket costs 22€ person online, 25€ when bought at the castle box office. Ticket only costs 7€ during February to March (8€ at the box office)

Opening hours: Hohenzollern castle is open to visit the castle interior from 1st April to 30th October from 10am-6pm for guided tours. Then fit will work until 24th December from 11am to 5pm. From the 25th December to the 8th January from 3pm-8pm. It ill then then fully until 31.01, reopening 01.02 to 31.03 from 11am-5pm but only the castle courtyard and café for a reduced admission.

Entry fee: Ticket to Hohenzollern castle costs 22€ person online, but 25€ when bought at the castle box office. In the Winter Season starting 1st February to 31st March the online ticket costs only 7€ (8€ at the box office) enabling to access the castle courtyard and café.

How to get there: Hohenzollern castle is located less than 1 hour by car south of Stuttgart, just head to Hechingen and you will see the castle by some distances. From Munich its going to take slightly less than 3 hours. You can combine the visit to Hohenzollern with Lichtenstein castle that is only 40 minutes away by car..

Castle website:

Here the full list of the best 15 castles to visit in Germany:

  1. Hohenzollern castle
  2. LIchtenstein castle
  3. Neuschwanstein castle
  4. Eltz castle
  5. Schwerin castle
  6. Marienburg castle
  7. Wernigerode castle
  8. Cochem castle
  9. Moritzburg castle
  10. Eisenach Wartburg castle
  11. Sigmaringen castle
  12. Braunfels castle
  13. Würzburg castle
  14. Königstein castle
  15. Berlepsch castle

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My name is Renato Azambujo. I live currently in Hamburg, but was born and raised in sunny capital of Portugal, Lisbon. I also lived in Switzerland for some years, before settling in Germany for the last years.

I am huge passionate about travel, photographer and a global explorer, always looking to the next destination.

I have so far visited over 70 countries across the 5 continents, because I really love knowing about new places, interact with different cultures and get to know myself better after each journey.

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