Making a ranking of the most beautiful castles in Germany is not a simple task, even more so considering that in this country there are more than fifteen thousand castles and palaces, each more spectacular and impressive than the other.
If you are thinking of making an unforgettable journey loaded with history, culture and romanticism, without a doubt Germany should be among your list of priorities. Walk along with us some of the most beautiful castles in this amazing country.
Germany and its most beautiful castles
Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein Castle - skeeze / Pixabai.com
This spectacular castle is located in the federal state of Bavaria. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations and also in the most photographed castle in Germany.
Louis II of Bavaria, known as "the crazy king" was the one who ordered the construction of this impressive building in 1866. At first the castle was called "New Hohenschwangau Castle", in honor of the castle where the king spent much of his childhood. When the monarch died, the castle was renamed "the castle of Neuschwanste."Neuschwanstein Castle - skeeze / Pixabai.com
This castle arose from the imagination of the king, who sought to recall medieval buildings. It combines several architectural styles, handicrafts and references to medieval characters such as Fernando the Catholic with an electrical network, the first telephone in history, waterfalls and much more.
«If you've built a castle in the air, you haven't wasted your time, that's where it should be. Now you must build the foundation under it."
-George Bernard Shaw-
Hohenzollern CastleHohenzollern Castle - Jim Trodel / Flickr.com
The origins of this castle are linked to the Hohenzollern Dynasty, one of the most powerful families that ruled Prussia and Brandenburg from the Middle Ages to the First World War.
This castle, originally built in the 11th century, has suffered several setbacks throughout its history, for that reason a second castle was constructed and finally a third one between 1846 and 1867.
This spectacular building receives more than 300,000 tourists a year, which is why it is considered one of the most important tourist centers in Germany. If you decide to visit it, you can enjoy its spectacular architecture, as well as the valuable and numerous historical treasures it houses.
Eltz CastleElz Castle - Heribert Pohl / Flickr.com
Eltz Castle is one of the few German castles that has never been destroyed, so it is an incredible experience to visit and visit its old and original halls.
One of the most curious aspects of this castle is that it still belongs to the descendants of those who lived there many centuries behind. Thirty-three generations later this spectacular building continues in the hands of one of the branches of the family that lived there in the twelfth century.
Some parts of this castle are open to the public, specifically those belonging to the families of Rübenach and Rodendorf. The other third part, which belongs to the Kempenich family, is private.
Bürresheim CastleBurresheim Castle - FinepixS3 / Pixabai.com
This castle is built in the middle of beautiful mountains and crystalline streams. On an architectural level he can be considered as a brother of Eltz Castle and, like him, It is one of the few German castles that has never been taken or destroyed, so it is considered as a real gem of great historical value.
This castle is composed of several buildings, among which you can find the bell tower. Later, between the twelfth and thirteenth century, new buildings were annexed.
It is currently open to the public, tourists can enjoy a large collection of the finest furniture of the fifteenth century until the nineteenth, as well as paintings by former owners and princes.
Sanssouci PalaceSanssouci Palace - Wolfgang Staudt / Flickr.com
Sanssouci Palace It is made up of a set of buildings that include the official summer palace of the King of Prussia, Frederick II the Great.
This palace was built between 1745 and 1747 with the purpose of being the king's resting residence. The architectural style that characterizes the building is the Rococó. The beautiful gardens are the ideal complement to this private villa with just 10 rooms.
After the end of World War II the palace was opened to the public, becoming one of the main tourist attractions in Germany. In 2015 both the palace and its gardens were declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
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