Germany is one of the few countries in the world that can boast of the magical beauty of castles. Each one has a rich history, stunning scenery, and impressive architecture. A visit to a castle is like a step into the past where kings and emperors ruled and knights and dukes once displayed valor.

The castles, which boast a rich history, have been restored to their former glory and, in some cases, are lived in by families of the founders. Their treasures include previous artifacts, paintings, furniture, and weapon.

In this article, I’m going to tell you about 10 fairy-tale castles of Germany, which everyone must see.


  1. Neuschwanstein Castle

Not far from the Austrian border is a surprisingly romantic Neuschwanstein Castle. Once it served as a haven for the King of Bavaria Ludwig II, and today has become a popular tourist attraction for travelers from all over the world. And those who visited it say that the castle is always charming at any time of the year.



Please note that for the entrance ticket to the museum located in the castle, you will have to pay € 12 (check on the website), but there are benefits. You can stop at one of the hotels located near the town of Füssen or in nearby villages – the choice of hotels is quite wide.

Opening hours:

  • April-October 15 – from 9:00 to 18:00;
  • October 16-March – from 10:00 to 16:00.

How to get to Schwangau from Munich, in Munich, you should first take the train to Füssen (it departs from Passing Station), and in Füssen you need to take bus number 73, 78, 9651 or 9606).


Related: Day trip from Munich to Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle


  1. Dresden Royal Palace

In one of the oldest and, of course, the most beautiful buildings of Dresden once lived elector and kings. The castle is remarkable for its impressive size, as well as an interesting combination of architectural styles – from romanticism to neo-renaissance.


This is explained by the fact that the castle was reconstructed and transformed under the influence of new trends for several centuries (from XII to XIX): originally there was a fortress that gradually changed into a real castle pearl of Saxony.

Therefore it will be interesting not only to see the construction but also to get acquainted with its rich fascinating history. In addition to the entrance fees, you will still have to pay, for example, for the wardrobe, but the reward for this will be an excellent level of service for tourists.

Ticket price is updated, it is also possible to order a combined ticket to visit several parts of the residence.

Opening hours:

  • from 10:00 to 18:00
    Closed on Tuesday


Related: One day trip from Prague to Dresden


  1. Stolzenfels Castle

And this castle was even recognized as part of the UNESCO World Heritage. All due to its exceptional historical importance, a lot of valuable exhibits, stored in its walls, and, of course, not least – its beauty.



The most interesting for visitors is the so-called Knight’s Hall. Here, guests of the castle can get acquainted with the collection of historical weapons and household items from the Middle Ages, and still have wonderful views over the Rhine. The price of the admission ticket is € 4-8.

Opening hours:

  • from January to March and October to November – from 10:00 to 17:00;
  • March – from 9:00 to 17:00;
  • from April to September – from 9:00 to 18:00;
  • December – does not work.


  1. The Castle of Levenburg

Once Wilhelm IX came up with a wonderful idea – to build a castle on the German land, which by beauty can compete with the famous buildings of Britain. The construction of Lunenburg he controlled personally, constantly making his edits and ideas.



Today this “author’s” creation is proudly called the “lion’s” castle, though it runs one of the most popular tourist routes in Germany- “The German road of fairy tales”. By the way, it was Levenburg used as a template creator of the famous Disney stories, so if you are visited by the feeling of cartoon deja vu – do not be too surprised.

The price of the standard entrance ticket is € 4 (specify).

Opening hours:

  • January-February from 10:00 to 16:00;
  • March-October from 10:00 to 17:00.


  1. Lichtenstein Castle

This is one of the few castles, which is still in the possession of the descendants of its founders, in this case – the Dukes of Urakh. Fortunately, the owners were quite hospitable, and the unique building is almost entirely open to visitors.


And there really is something to look at: in the ancient building, located at the 817-meter height, an impressive collection of historical and cultural heritage is kept. In addition, the castle underwent several destruction and restoration, as evidenced by the ruins of the old castle, which can be found near the main building.

Opening hours:

  • January – not working, from February to March – on weekends and holidays from 10:00 to 16:00;
  • from April to October – every day from 9:00 to 17:30;
  • November – on weekends and holidays from 10:00 to 16:00.


  1. Hohenschwangau Castle

Another pride of Bavaria is Hohenschwangau Castle, which means “high swan edge”.



Here often the famous monarchs spent their time, and King Ludwig II lived here most of his life and even hosted the legendary composer Richard Wagner. There is a castle near the famous Neuschwanstein, and if you wish you can combine visits to these two castles.

Working hours:

  • from October 16 to March 18 – from 9:00 to 15:30;
  • after March 18 – from 8:00 to 17:00.

How to get to Schwangau from Munich, in Munich, you should first take the train to Füssen (it departs from Passing Station), and in Füssen you need to take bus number 73, 78, 9651 or 9606).


  1. Heidelberg Castle

This dilapidated castle, towering on the slope of the picturesque mountain Kenigshtul, has been attracting about a million tourists to Heidelberg for years now! Even what managed to be saved from several victims of the castle wars, makes a strong impression.



Also in good condition, there were terraces, from which spectacular views are opened, and luxurious interiors, accessible for inspection as part of the tourist group under the guidance of the guide. By the way, one of the most interesting exhibits stored in the castle walls is the largest wine barrel in the world.

Opening hours:

  • from Monday to Sunday – from 8:00 to 18:00;
  • on December 24 and 31 – from 8:00 to 13:00;
  • on December 25 – the day off.


How to get to Heidelberg?, is most convenient from Nuremberg. The distance between the cities is 227 km.


  1. Marienburg Castle (Hannover)

And this fairy palace is also known as the “Sleeping Beauty Castle”: there is a salon of princesses, once built for the daughters of King Ludwig II and adorned with paintings based on the fairy tale of the Sleeping Beauty.



The building is made in the Neo-Gothic style, and interior decorations are beautiful, although some have not been completed due to historical circumstances (the abolition of the Hanoverian kingdom).

We recommend you to go here if you have other tourist plans nearby because the castle is located at a noticeable distance from popular cities.

Working hours:

  • from January 2 to March 4 – from 11:00 to 16:00;
  • from March 5 to November 8 – from 10:00 to 18:00.


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  1. Herrenchiemsee New Palace

Bavarian King Ludwig II was a famous admirer of Louis XIV. In his desire to be like an idol, the German monarch went so far as to decide to recreate in Germany an analog of the legendary Versailles.



The result of this venture was the construction of Herrenchiemsee on the Isle of Herren in the middle of the large lake of Kimzey. Visiting this palace will be especially interesting for those who have already been lucky enough to visit Versailles, because there are a lot of architectural references to the “original”, for example – its own Mirror Gallery.

Opening hours:

  • April-end of October – from 9:00 to 18:00;
  • end of October to March – from 9:40 to 16:15.

The easiest way to get to theHerrenchiemsee castle from Munich is the distance to the lake is about 70 km.


  1. Schwerin Castle

On its own small island, there is also a luxurious Schwerin castle. This building became the crowning of the career of German architect Georg-Adolf Demmler, who was born and lived in Schwerin.



The castle is a sample of the eclectic style. From the palace island to the city and gardens are two bridges across the Schwerin lake.

Opening hours:

  • from 15 October to 14 April – Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00;
  • from 15 April to 14 October – Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.




If you read our list of best German castles in this article, you should be reassured that you don’t need a spend lot of time for searching places to visit in Germany.

In this article, we included all unique places that you need to see and enjoy.

Out of all the countries in Europe, Germany hands down has the best collection of amazing castles! Some of the magnificent structures were built to protect towns, while others were formed just for the pleasure of mad kings.







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