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  • Meredith Peters

12 Must-See Castles in Germany for a Fairytale Experience

Explore the breathtaking castles of Germany and get transported to a fairytale land. With over 20,000 castles scattered throughout the country, Germany's historical influences and gorgeous architectural designs are unmatched. Here are twelve standout castles that you must see to experience the old-world charm of Germany.


Neuschwanstein Castle, known as one of Europe's top attractions, is a must-visit if you're in Germany. This 19th-century Romanesque palace was built by King Ludwig of Bavaria and is famous for its magnificent scenic mountain backdrop, which inspired Disney's castle designs.

Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

Hohenzollern Castle: (Burg Hohenzollern)

 Hohenzollern Castle Germany

Hohenzollern Castle, situated on top of Mount Hohenzollern, is one of the most visited castles in Germany. With its resemblance to Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series, this castle boasts a rich family history, including ancient royal treasures.

Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)

Schwerin Castle Germany

Schwerin Castle, surrounded entirely by water, is also known as the "Neuschwanstein of the North" due to its similarities with Neuschwanstein Castle. You can visit the exquisite porcelain collections and throne rooms in this romantic castle.

Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberger Schloss)

Heidelberg Castle Germany

Heidelberg Castle, the largest castle ruin in Germany, towers over the Old Town of Heidelberg. This red sandstone castle, dating back to the 1300s, is a remarkable example of German Renaissance architecture and hosts many concerts and performances.

Wartburg Castle (Schloss Wartburg)

Wartburg Castle Germany

Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther translated the New Testament of the Bible into German, recreates the medieval and Renaissance feel. This fairy tale castle is one of the favorites among Germans and offers a glimpse into Germany's history.

Marburg Castle (Landgrafenschloss)

Marburg Castle, originating near AD 1000, was used by the Brothers Grimm as inspiration for their fairy tales, including Rapunzel and Snow White. Situated in the town of Marburg, this castle is a must-visit on the German Fairy Tale Route.

Marburg Castle Germany

Nuremberg Castle (Nürnberger Burg)

Nuremberg Castle Germany

Nuremberg Castle, a powerful medieval fortress in the Holy Roman Empire, is one of the most important surviving castles in Europe. The Deep Well is the main attraction of this castle, reaching over 50 meters into the rock below.

Wernigerode Castle (Schloss Wernigerode)

Wernigerode Castle Germany

Wernigerode Castle, originally a safe stopping area for emperors on their hunting trips to the Harz Mountains, transformed into a Renaissance fortress. This castle offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the Wernigerode city.

Marksburg Castle (Schloss Marksburg)

Marksburg Castle, the only medieval castle in the stretch of the river that has never been destroyed, offers beautiful views of the Rhine river. Built above the water with a triangular layout, this castle showcases the interior of a medieval castle.

Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz)

Eltz Castle Germany

Eltz Castle, a romantic and charming castle situated distant from society, is a must-visit for its seclusion. The Knights Hall displays countless private collections of historical artworks and authentic medieval decor.

Weesenstein Castle (Schloss Weesenstein)

Schloss Weesenstein Germany

Weesenstein Castle, located in Saxony, is a must-visit for museum and wine lovers. The cellar of the castle is stocked with thousands of aged wines, and the various exhibits showcase each part of the eras from the 19th century to the Middle Ages.

Lichtenstein Castle (Schloss Lichtenstein)

Lichtenstein Castle, also known as "Cinderella's castle," resembles a storybook charm with its Gothic Revival design. This castle offers a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape, including the Echaz river.

Schloss Lichtenstein Germany

Each of the castles tell a captivating story. The sights are magnificent and will certainly sweep you off your feet as you step into your fairytale land.

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