Did you always want to see those amazing Disney castles in real life? Well, it’s possible if you visit Germany – there are over 20k castles over there and some of them inspired famous castles from Disney movies. It’s nearly impossible to see all those castles, but in this blog post, we bring you our favourites – 5 most beautiful castles in Germany.
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Let’s explore some castles…
Located on the edge of the Swabian Alps in Baden-Württemberg state in Germany, Lichtenstein Castle (Schloß Lichtenstein) is the newest one among these German castles. It was built in the 19th century in honour of knights of Lichtenstein, on the foundations of a Medieval fortress. The castle is set on the top of a cliff – it almost seems as if it’s hanging off it, and it’s connected to the neighbouring hill by a stone bridge. Lichtenstein Castle isn’t very popular among foreign tourists, but it definitely deserves some attention. Just look at it – imagine the view from its tallest tower, it’s magnificent.
How to get to Lichtenstein Castle? If you’re travelling to Stuttgart, it’s a perfect day-trip – only an hour drive away.
If you are looking for a castle where you can spend a night rather than just a few hours, then you should visit Burg Satzvey. This Medieval Castle dates back to the 12th century and is located in the Rhineland region. It’s an amazing moat castle that is open year-round and offers a lot of activities. There are several rooms you can book and a few restaurants where various events are held, especially around Holidays – the Christmas market gets really magical.
How to get to Burg Satzvey? Burg Satzvey is located in the town of Mechernich, about 50 km from Cologne and Bonn. So, if you’re travelling to these cities you can get there easily.
Hohenzollern Castle (Burg Hohenzollern) is one of the most amazing castles in Europe, sitting on the very top of the Hohenzollern mountain. The castle dates back to the 11th century, but it was completely destroyed in the 15th and the one you see today was built in the 19th century. It is one of the most visited castles in Germany and it is still the private property – the Prussian royal family lives there. When you get to this fairy-tale castle you will be welcomed by a guide wearing the authentic Medieval outfit – it promises you an authentic experience.
How to get to Hohenzollern Castle? This castle is also located near Stuttgart, so you can get there by rental car or even public transportation.
Burg Eltz (Eltz Castle) is one of the most magical castles in Germany for sure. Unlike many others, it is not set on the hilltop or on the cliff, it is tucked deep into the forest, surrounded by amazing nature. The camera loves this place! But be aware that photos are allowed only outside of the castle, as soon as you enter the castle no cameras are allowed, and no drones as well. This fairy-tale-like castle dates back to the 12th century and it is still owned by descendants of the Eltz family.
How to get to Burg Eltz? This gorgeous castle is set on the left bank of the Rhine in Rhineland-Palatinate state. Nearest larger cities are Frankfurt, Bonn and Cologne, so if you are visiting there you can take a day trip to Burg Eltz. Get to the nearby town of Münstermaifeld and then take a taxi to the castle or 45-minute hike through this amazing forest.
We left the most popular and most photographed building in Germany for the very end… Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century castle set among the Bavarian Alps near the town of Füssen, and it is the most popular castle in Germany. No wonder Walt Disney used it as the model for Sleeping beauty’s castle – it is really beautiful and fairy-tale-like. It is so picturesque, no matter what time of the year you visit you will just love it.
How to get to Neuschwanstein Castle? This castle is set in the very south of Germany, the nearest larger city is Munich, about two hours away by car. There is also a direct train from Munich to Füssen, and the castle is only 6 minutes away from this charming little town.
It was really hard to choose favourites among these beautiful castles in Germany since they’re all fairy-tale-like. We enjoyed every one of them and made some seriously good photos. So be sure to charge your camera’s battery (or your phone) and you’ll have a lot to post on your Instagram or Facebook.