Germany was once a mighty land of castles and kingdoms. Knights, wars and historic accounts of these castles and kingdoms are the real life fairytales that fill our hearts and imaginations. Today, these iconic structures are historic treasures preserved and restored for all to see. From the majestic structures to the breathtaking landscapes, the following is a list of Top 10 most beautiful German castles:
Neuschwanstein Castle -N°1 German Castle
Located near the town of Fussen, this castle was built in the mid-1800’s by a Bavarian king upon the site of a former fortress that laid in ruins. It’s arguably the most amazing castle in all of Germany and served as the inspiration for the castle in Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.
Situated between Koblenz and Trier, near the Moselle River, is the Burg Eltz Castle that was originally built in the 12th century. Today’s incarnation was rebuilt in the late 15th to early 16th century and is one of the only castles in this region to not have been destroyed by war.
The Hohenzollern Castle was originally built in the 11th century on a countryside hilltop. It suffered complete devastation over the centuries with only the chapel surviving. In the mid-19th century, King William IV of Prussia built this spectacular structure that still stands today.
Located in the village of Hohenschwangau, near the town of Füssen, is this charming castle that was discovered by Maximillian II in the early 1800’s. The Crown Prince restored the castle from the ruins of a 12th-century structure.
Firmly placed on the edge of a cliff, this is the perfect example of a castle from the Middle Ages. Connected to land by a series of bridges, this castle was built in the mid-19th century by Count Wilhelm who replaced a hunting lodge that rose from the ashes of the original 14th-century fortress.
Located on an island in one of Germany’s largest lakes, sits a stunning structure with roots stemming back to the 10th century. Today’s version of the castle was remodeled by Duke Friedrich Franz II in the mid-1800’s and serves as a museum.
Located just north of Frankfurt, is the Braunfels Castle. It was rebuilt on the foundations of a 13th-century castle by Prince Ferdinand in the mid-1800’s. In 1880, Prince Georg added the towers and silhouette that you see today. What was one seen as the protector of this German town, has now become the heartbeat of the region?
On a hilltop overlooking the city of Darmstadt, sits the ruins of the Frankenstein Castle which was built in the mid-13th century for Lord Conrad II Reiz. This castle is believed to be the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein in 1818.
This historic castle, located on a hill in the heart of Heidelberg, is a blend of various architectural styles due to the constant repairs and remodeling needed over the centuries. From wars to lightning, this castle has survived it all and remains an important part of this region’s history.
Mespelbrunn Water Castle
Located along the water, within the Spessart forest, is the Heidelberg Castle which originally began as a modest home for a 15th-century knight. Over the centuries, it has become one of the most beloved water castles in all of Europe.