Growing up in England means that I am no stranger to driving down the road and spotting a castle. In fact when I was growing up, I very much took this for granted. Castles in England are impressive, but they are also old news for me because of the frequency in which I would see them. It wasn’t until I moved to Germany that I truly realised what it’s like to be in awe of a building.
Germany just knows how to do castles and it’s as simple as that. They are always standing high and proud above their cities/towns, with their gardens well preserved and a sense of royalty in the air when you stand before them. Which is why I’ve chosen the topic for today’s post to be some of my favourite castles in Germany, because we could all do with a little wanderlust in our lives on a Tuesday morning.
Lichtenstein Castle is located in Baden-Württemberg. The castle is owned by the Dukes of Urach, but they have opened their doors to visitors. If you want to see a huge collection of historic weapons and armour, this is the castle to visit!
Located in the town of Braunfels in the state of Hessen, this castle is over 800 years old and looks like it fell straight out of a fairytale. The castle has a courtyard and gardens where they regularly host cultural events (such as open-air operas!) and they hold tours of the castle and grounds throughout the year.
This castle is 50km south of Stuttgart, which makes it the perfect day trip out of the city to visit some historial (and gorgeous!) sights. It is open all year round and has a shuttle bus to take you to the top of the hill where it is located. You know when the castle provides a shuttle bus that you will be getting some fantastic views and photo opportunities!
Heidelberg is located 40 minutes (by car) from Frankfurt and is home to this gorgeous castle, as well as a picturesque old town just below the castle. For the best views of the castle from afar, head over the bridge featured in the picture above, eat some lunch along the river and snap away. The castle offers guided tours of the inside and you have the option to walk the courtyards for a small entrance fee.
For more information on Heidelberg, check out my day trip post.
Located near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Neuschwanstein is surrounded by so many picturesque areas that you will be in awe of your surroundings from every angle. Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular castles in Europe and known as “the castle of the fairy-tale king”. Exploring this castle will make you feel like you are part of a fairytale and fortunately for you, it’s open all year round.
Würzburg is in southern Germany and follows a more french style of castle. The grounds are the most impressive part of your visit, which are taken care of with such a meticulous manner that every corner you turn is breathtaking. You need to set aside a good hour (if not longer) for exploring the grounds before you enter the castle for your tour. You should definitely take some time to walk in the direction of the town area for a traditional German market square, as well as stopping for a spot of lunch to admire the views.
For more information on Würzburg, check out my day trip post.
This castle is located in Wernigerode, which is in Saxony-Anhalt. It is a similar style to Neuschwanstein Castle, but is actually much older and cheaper for entrance fees. For the best picture opportunities, make your way to the castle (with your back to the town) and continue to walk further. As you make your way through the mountains, you will find that perfect picture and viewpoint.
I have loved exploring castles during my time in Germany so far and next year I am hoping to take the Fairy Tale Route, which features even more gorgeous castles in this glorious country. Choosing the castles for this list was probably one of the hardest posts I have written! I could have featured 15 castles and still not covered them all, so maybe this post needs a part two? 😉