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7 Fairytale Castles To Visit In Germany

Germany is home to some of the world’s most fairytale-like castles that must be checked off your list. Plan to visit during autumn when the leaves are changing colours for a dramatic landscape and the crowds are fewer.

These are the best castles to visit in Germany.

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1. Neuschwanstein Castle – Bavaria

This 19th-century Romanesque Revival was built in honour of Richard Wagner. The famously scenic castle has become an incredibly popular castle to visit. It easily brings to mind fairytales and dreamy stories. So, stroll around the property and create your own long-lost tale.

castles to visit in germany

2. Hohenzollern Castle – Burg Hohenzollern

Another imagination-stimulating castle, this fortress-like hilltop wonder is stunning. Plan time to wander the forested grounds as well as the interior of the castle for a true escape. Drink in the views, too.

castles to visit in germany

3. Heidelberg Castle – Heidelberg

The last of the three fairytale-like castles, Heidelberg Castle is the landmark of Heidelberg, Germany. Partially rebuilt after some damage in the 17th and 18th centuries, this is considered one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.

4. Wartburg Castle – Eisenach

This castle is less flashy, but it was built in the Middle Ages. It’s even on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Wander the interior walls and spend time learning about the expansive history the fortress has seen.

castles to visit in germany

5. Brüggen Castle – Brüggen

This water castle along the Lower Rhine was the most important castle in the north of the Duchy of Jülich. Built in the 13th century, this castle was built to protect a ford and also has a longstanding history at this thoroughfare. So, take a picnic to enjoy along the river.

6. Wachenburg – Weinheim

This castle on a hill was actually built in the early 1900s, making it one of the newest castles on this list. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Wachenburg has a restaurant that overlooks the scenic landscape. So, plan to stop here for lunch during a day of travel.

7. Königsberg Castle

This modern-looking castle actually has roots that date to 1255. The original Gothic castle burned in 1944 and was reconstructed in Brutalist fashion. So, even though it isn’t the typical dreamland castle, it is an interesting change and one worth seeing.

Molly Harris
Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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