Not only is Germany recognized as a scientific and technological leader in several fields but it is also best-known worldwide for beautiful castles. Ancient castles are considered to be one of must-see tourist attractions in Germany. Here, you can admire and explore fairy-tale-like Neuschwanstein Castle or 750-year-old Festung Königstein.
Neuschwanstein Castle, built in the mid-19th century, is the most the most recognizable of Germany’s great castles. This castle has been chosen to be film location several times and was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland.
Neuschwanstein Castle is located in the village of Hohenschwangau near Fussen
Meersburg Alte Burg Castle
Meersburg Alte Burg in the Black Forest of Baden was built from the 7th century. It is currently Germany’s oldest castle which is still inhabitable
Marksburg Castle is the only medieval castle of the Middle Rhine that has never been destroyed. The castle was constructed to protect the town of Braubach rather than to serve as a residence for royal families.
Marksburg Castle is situated on a hill in the town of Braubach
Schloss Braunfels Castle
Schloss Braunfels, located in the Hesse region’s Lahn Valley, is 800 years old. It is typical of a magnificent interior and rooms which are full of medieval weaponry, porcelain, and paintings.
Schloss Braunfels is among the most magnificent and ancient castles in Germany
The Munich Residenz
The Munich Residenz in Bavaria is the largest city palace in Germany. Its royal collections, architecture and room decorations are now open to visitors. Built in the mid-18th century, the Munich Residenz was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
The Munich Residenz in Bavaria was constructed between 1720 and 1744
Burg Eltz Castle
Burg Eltz Castle, perched in the hills above the Moselle River, is regarded to be one of the most magnificent medieval castles in Germany
Sanssouci Castle in Potsdam near Berlin attracts tourists worldwide for its numerous temples. Designed by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, the castle was used as Frederick’s private residence.
Every year, Sanssouci Castle is visited by millions of tourists around the world
Heidelberg Castle, one of its most romantic sights in Germany, was destroyed by the French in the 17th century. Then, it has been partially rebuilt.
Wartburg Castle, overlooking the town of Eisenach in Thuringia, is described as the most typical castle in German. In 1999, Wartburg Castle was declared in the World Heritage an “Outstanding Monument of the Feudal Period in Central Europe” by UNESCO.
Wartburg Castle has been renovated throughout its existence
Festung Konigstein Castle
Festung Konigstein Castle near Dresden is one of the most tourist attractions with 700,000 visitors annually. As a famous historic mountaintop castle, Festung Konigstein used to serve as a state prison for the most important prisoners until 1922.
Festung Konigstein is now more than 750 years old
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