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Great Castles of Germany

Schloss Neuschwanstein, one of the most famous castles in Germany (c)
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Great Castles of Germany

One of Germany's greatest treasures is its castles. There are Burgs (castles or fortresses) and Schlosses (castles or palaces) in virtually every corner of the country. But among the most popular, most picturesque, most famous, and greatest German castles, here are the top 10:

[ Pages of interest: Great Cathedrals of Germany and Famous Museums of Germany ]


 

German Castles, Burg EltzBurg Eltz

Burg Eltz (Rhineland-Palatinate), near the Mosel Valley, is the most beautiful of Germany’s medieval castles. In 800 years, it was never defeated or significantly damaged by enemy fire. It is still family-owned and -occupied... Read more

 


 

German Castles, Schloss NeuschwansteinSchloss Neuschwanstein

Schloss Neuschwanstein (Bavaria) is 19th-century Romanticism pure. The highlight of Mad King Ludwig’s building fantasies, it inspired Disney. Ludwig’s other palaces, such as Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof, are worth seeing too... Read more

 


 

German Castles, The WartburgThe Wartburg

The Wartburg (Thuringia), outside Eisenach, has been described as the most German of all German castles. It is a magnificent sight. While in hiding here, Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German... Read more

 


 

German Castles, The MarksburgThe Marksburg

The Marksburg (Rhineland-Palatinate) is perched high on a hill on the shores of the Rhine, above Braubach. It is the only castle in this romantic stretch of the Rhine Valley that has never been destroyed or taken violently. This castle is the real thing, no 19th-century romanticism... Read more

 


 

German Castles, Schloss HeidelbergSchloss Heidelberg

Schloss Heidelberg (Baden-Württemberg) is mostly in ruins, but it is still one of the most popular and most romantic sights in Germany. Tourists come in droves, foreign and German alike, and rightly so... Read more

 


 

German Castles, Meersburg Alte BurgMeersburg Alte Burg

Meersburg Alte Burg (Baden-Württemberg), a seventh-century castle with unspoiled views of the Bodensee, is the oldest inhabitable castle in Germany. It was started by Dagoberth, a Merovingian king, and long served as the residence of the bishop of Konstanz... Read more

 


 

German Castles, Festung KönigsteinFestung Königstein

Festung Königstein (Saxony), near Dresden, is the largest fortress in Germany. During World War II, it housed senior French prisoners of war as well as many of Dresden's best artworks... Read more

 


 

German Castles, Braunfels CastleSchloss Braunfels

Schloss Braunfels (Hesse), in the Lahn Valley, is another 19th-century folly. It has an 800-year history, but was mostly rebuilt in the 19th century in a Neo-Gothic style. It looks the part and the lines are much shorter than at Neuschwanstein... Read more

 


 

German Castles, Schloss SanssouciSchloss Sanssouci

Schloss Sanssouci (Brandenburg), Frederick the Great’s Rococo summer residence in Potsdam, is surprisingly small but a masterpiece from the Baroque period. The other lavish palaces in the direct vicinity are interesting too... Read more

 


 

German Castles, The Residenz CastleThe Residenz

The Residenz (Bavaria), in Munich, was the principle residence of the Wittelsbach ruling family for over 500 years. It is a massive complex, lavishly decorated. Other royal residences in the Munich area such as Schloss Nymphenburg and Schloss Schleißheim are worth seeing too... Read more

 


Last updated November 27, 2013
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Brilliant!!

Brilliant! Just brilliant! These are some of the best castles around. We didn't go to all of them, but the ones we did see were spectacular. Neuschwanstein castle and Burg Eltz were the top two for us.

Nice lot

Oh yeah, those German castles, they're really, really good, most of them seem like something out of a storybook. This is a pretty good page - I think these are the top ones>

Nice selection. Although,

Nice selection. Although, personally, I think Schloss Schleissheim belongs in there too. My favourite is of course Neuschwanstein, simply because it's the prettiest, but the Heidelberg castle is a must-see too - it's gorgeous at sunset!

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