7 of the Most Gorgeous Castles in Germany

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

Lichtenstein Castle
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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!

Braunfels Castle

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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.

Hohenzollern Castle

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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 Castle

Heidelberg Castle
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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.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle
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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 Residenz

Wurzburg Residenz
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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.

Wernigerode Castle

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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.

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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? 😉



  • The outside of Neuschwanstein Castle is gorgeous but I’ve heard the inside is underwhelming. We didn’t actually get to go inside because we would have had to wait 2 hours for a tour, but I’ve been told it’s quite small inside and crammed full of too much stuff.

    One castle I keep hearing about is Burg Eltz, but I’ve never been.

    Being from the county with the highest number of castles in England, I can’t agree with your “old news” view of English castles. there’s a reason Alnwick Castle was used for both the Black Adder TV series and Hogwarts! And Bamburgh Castle is very impressive. Also, not in England but still the UK, Edinburgh has one of my favourite castles.

    • Kate

      I’ve definitely had this problem before where the outside of a castle is breathtaking but the inside is underwhelming. I think it can be quite difficult to top the exterior of a castle though, especially as a lot of it has to be restored.

      I haven’t been to Edinburgh castle but I did recently read a blog post about it and it looked gorgeous!

  • Very jealous of all your fairy-tale like castles! x

    • Kate

      They are so gorgeous! I love driving down the autobahn here and the suddenly, oh, there’s a castle!

  • These are all beautiful but I particularly like the first, Lichtenstein Castle. I think that’s my favourite. With Heidelberg a close second – it doesn’t look German at all, it looks more like Florence! 🙂

    • Kate

      Yes, Heidelberg’s castle really is gorgeous! When you see it in person, it’s even more breathtaking!

  • Ah! These are absolutely gorgeous! I haven’t yet explored Germany but after this post it’s definitely crawling higher up on my list! Such a fairytale country! Robyn

    • Kate

      It really is such a fairytale country!

  • I visited Neuschwanstein Castle and Heidelberg Castle when I was in Germany and man, they were gorgeous. I still get really excited every time I’m in Europe and see castles, mainly because well… castles aren’t a thing in the US, haha. I got “over” the countless cathedrals in Europe pretty quickly (we’ve got lots of churches in the States too :P) but I’ll always love the castles in Europe!

    • Kate

      Haha. Yeah, a few of my American friends have been so overly excited by the castles that I have to remind myself they aren’t common place all over the world!

  • they look gorgeous! I have only made it to Germany once, to Baden Baden – my boyfriends brother moved to Bremen a year ago and is now relocating to Heidelberg so hopefully we will get the chance!

    • Kate

      Heidelberg is absolutely gorgeous. I highly recommend a visit!

  • Those are beautiful! I really need to go to Europe to see some castles. And it’s so crazy/cool that there are still noble families who own castles. . .but I guess that’s the American in me!

    • Kate

      Yes you do! Europe is home to all of the gorgeous castles :). No I completely agree, it is pretty cool!

  • It seems you are right, Germany just knows how to do castles! Castles are pretty much non-existent in North America, so I’m still in awe every time I see one. These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kate

      So glad you agree :).

  • Those are some fabulous castles! I’ve seen quite a few castles, in Italy and Ireland, but most of them haven’t been as fairytale-like as these. One that really stood out in Italy was the Miramare in Trieste, but they are even better when they’re built on a cliff like these.

    • Kate

      I agree! I think what makes them so spectacular looking is the way they are all up so high, towering over their cities! It’s seriously cool.

  • So beautiful and so aw-inspiring! Amazing how they have stood the test of time and have so much history!

    • Kate

      I know right?!

  • I seriously have a thing for Castles!! Those look amazing. I have only been to Germany to take the train out of it. My husband has to go for work every year and I knew there were castles there but we just weren’t able to make it part of our Europe trip. Maybe next time!!!

    • Kate

      Awww, did you manage to see anything cool as your train passed through? Unfortunately, the train lines aren’t the best for spotting things (the motorways are better) but I have seen a few castles on my train journeys before!

  • Kate! These castles are the stuff of fairy tales!!! I’d love to do any tour of any one of them! Or all of them!

    • Kate

      I know right?! So beautiful!

  • Like looking at a fairytale!

    • Kate

      Yep!

  • I have seen the Neuschwanstein castle and it is really beautiful! 🙂

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    • Kate

      I am going there later this month 🙂 I can’t wait!

  • gorgeous… I’d love to make it to that part of the world someday! I’m heading to Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania next summer so I will get to see a few castles I hope 🙂

    • Kate

      How exciting! I am thinking of making a trip to Romania soon!

  • Lichtenstein Castle is my favourite – definitely the stuff of fairytales!

    • Kate

      Yep! It’s gorgeous 🙂

  • WOWZA some pretty amazing castles! As I looked at the pictures I couldn’t help but wonder ho on earth the erected such masterpieces back then?! Incredible! I was in Ireland about a year ago and never made it to a castle! I am definitely going to one when I return to Europe next time!

    • Kate

      Wowza indeed! They are gorgeous! I have no idea how but I wish they still built like this now!

  • Gorgeous castles! I live within a mile of a castle and like you say, seeing them everyday you kinda take them for granted. I find the castles here are rather dreary compared to the German ones though!

    • Kate

      Yep, the German ones definitely have a certain something!

  • Wow!!! I am very impressed! I always thought Neuschwanstein Castle was my favourite but now I am so confused by all these beauts!

    • Kate

      I know right?!

  • Hi Kate
    I love the photos and the Castle in Wernigerode seems very special and we might add it to our list in 2015.
    Nice post & gute Reise!

    • Kate

      You definitely should! Thanks Kristin :).

  • Going to Germany in a month, so I will definitely be refering to this as a guide!

    • Kate

      Glad to hear it Andrea! I hope you have a lovely time :).

  • OMG You just sorted my holiday plans! I fully thought I’d be heading up to Iceland. Not anymore! So gorgeous!!

    • Kate

      Amazing! Holidaying in Germany is where it’s AT ;).

  • There are so many things to see in Germany! All these castles look like from ferry tale, would like to plan a trip to see them all!

    • Kate

      They really are :).

  • The castles in the Rhine valley are the #1 thing I want to visit when I come back to Germany. They all look like they’re out of a fairy tale!