30 Best Castles In Germany To Visit

The castles in Germany are some of the most spectacular in Europe and these are 30 of the best ones to visit when there.

There are so many castles in Germany it would be a never-ending article to go through them all, so this is a selection of the “best” ones to visit if you had to select just a few to go to.

Some of these castles date way back into medieval times whereas others are more recent.

How many castles in Germany are there? An unbelievable possibility of around 20,000!

Note: The German word for a castle is “burg” or “schloss’.

Important: Links are added under each castle section to the official site of the castle and you should check the opening times there before visiting to make sure you get in.

There’s a map at the end of the article showing where all the castles in Germany mentioned here are.


Neuschwanstein Castle

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Neuschwanstein Castle was actually built as a palace by Ludwig II in the late 19th-century but in most cases, it is referred to as a castle and is the epitome of a fairytale German castle.

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Hohenzollern Castle

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Hohenzollern Castle is one of the most epically located castles in Germany. Located on top of Mount Hohenzollern it is the ancestral home of the House of Hohenzollern.

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Burg Eltz

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Burg Eltz is one of the favourite castles of Guide to Castles and for good reason. It’s one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Germany to visit.

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Reichsburg Cochem

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Another favourite of Guide to Castles, Reichsburg Cochem (Cochem Castle) is very scenically situated on the Mosel River and is an imperial castle dating back to the 11th-century.

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Lichtenstein Castle

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Lichtenstein Castle is small but makes up for that in its stunning location, perched on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by forest. It’s a perfect fairytale castle in Germany to visit.

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Wernigerode Castle

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Wernigerode Castle is a beautiful castle perched on a hill overlooking the town of Wernigerode and the current building dates to the late 19th-century.

Burg Altena

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Burg Altena is a medieval castle dating to the 12th-century when it was built by the Counts of Berg.

Sigmaringen Castle

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Sigmaringen Castle was a castle for the Princes of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen and the castle you see today is largely from the late 19th-century as it had to be rebuilt following a fire.

Wartburg Castle

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Wartburg Castle is a Unesco World Heritage site and dates to the 12th-century. It is located in the state of Thuringia.

Burg Satzvey

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Burg Satzvey is a castle from the 14th-century and is one of the best moat and turret castles in Germany.

Mespelbrunn Castle

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Mespelbrunn Castle is also one of the best-moated castles in Germany to visit and dates to the 16th-century making in an early Renaissance castle.

Hohenschwangau Castle

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Hohenschwangau Castle is near Neuschwanstein Castle and could be considered its little brother.

Burg Rheinstein

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Burg Rheinstein is a medieval castle dating to the 14th-century that was the home to many archbishops and counts of Mainz.

Burghausen Castle

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Burghausen Castle is in a stunning location in Bavaria and is known as the longest castle complex in the world stretching for 1050 metres. It dates back to the 11th-century but was heavily expanded in the late 12th-century.

Moyland Castle

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Moyland Castle is another moated castle in Germany and is done in the neo-gothic style of architecture dating to the early 14th-century.

Schwerin Castle

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Schwerin Castle is scenically situated on an island in Lake Schwerin and was used by the dukes of Mecklenburg as their home. Out of all the castles in Germany listed here, it is a more modern one having been built in the middle of the 19th-century.

Veste Coburg

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Coburg Castle is an excellent example of a medieval fortress in Bavaria. Its origins as a fortified hill go back a millennium but the castle you largely see today was built in the later centuries. It has seen a lot of conflict during its time.

Heidelberg Castle

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Heidelberg Castle is a huge castle and an important example of Renaissance architecture but it was demolished in the 17th-18th-centuries and today is in ruin, although some parts have been rebuilt.

Braunfels Castle

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Braunfels Castle is a gothic castle of the Counts of Nassau dating to the 13th-century although much of what you see now has been built in the late 19th-century.

Burg Falkenstein

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Burg Falkenstein was built in the mid-12th-century although many modifications have been done to it since. Its located in a forest setting in the Harz district and it also has a falconry and you can even try knight-style food in its restaurant.

Festung Marienberg

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Festung Marienberg is a fortress in Bavaria that has a long history as a stronghold. It was used for several centuries by the prince-bishops of the area and although the site dates back over a millennium much of the castle today is from later centuries, particularly during the Renaissance and Baroque times.

Castle Burresheim

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Castle Burresheim is a medieval castle located west of the Rhine River in the Eifel Mountains surrounded by forest and dates to the 12th-century.

Top tip: Eltz Castle and Castle Burresheim are not that far from each other so you could see both on the same day.

Burg Stahleck

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Burg Stahleck is a 12th-century castle but today it is a youth hostel you can stay in. If you’ve ever wanted to stay at a castle this is a good place to experience that at a reasonable price.

Marksburg Castle

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Marksburg Castle is a great medieval stronghold dating to the 12th-century. It’s located by the Rhine River and is part of a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Nuremberg Castle

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Nuremberg Castle is actually a grouping of fortified buildings into one defensive position and was thought to be one of the strongest defended cities during medieval times.

Fortifications date there to the 11th-century but a lot of the main defensive works were carried out later, especially during the Hohenstaufen Emperors time in the 12th-13th centuries.

Marburger Schloss (Landgrafen Palace)

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Marburger Schloss is located in Marburg and dates to the late 11th-century as a fortified site but has been massively expanded over the centuries.

Weesenstein Castle

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Weesenstein Castle is located in Saxony and has existed there since the 13th-century, going through various architectural changes over the centuries.

Glücksburg Castle

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Glücksburg Castle is a historic water castle and one of the best water castes in Germany dating to the 16th-century. It’s of Renaissance architectural design.

Sababurg Castle

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Sababurg Castle is a ruined castle on a forested hill in the Reinhardswald and dates to the 14th-century.

Konigstein Fortress

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Konigstein Fortress is located near Dresden and is one of the biggest fortresses in Germany.


Map of the castles in Germany:


Castles In Germany

Those are some of the best castles in Germany to help you in choosing which ones to visit when there.

For more castles in Europe take a look at the 15 best castles in Switzerland and also the 25 best castles in The Netherlands.


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