The Most Beautiful Castles in Germany
If there is one thing that makes Germany a great tourist destination (besides all of the beautiful german people,) it’s their beautiful castles. Many of these castles are considered as some of the oldest and most beautiful in the world, providing people with a glimpse of the past. Here are some of the most beautiful and important ones:
This castle is found smack dab in the center of Bavaria. It’s historic significance relies on the fact that it served as the personal refuge of Ludwig II of Bavaria, and was only made open to the public after his death in 1886. Another important aspect of the Neuschwanstein Castle is that it is the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Walt Disney’s films and attractions, and will therefore look familiar even to people who have no interest in German history.
Built in the 15th century, the Albrechtsburg Meissen is one of the oldest castles in Germany. While it has retained many of the architechtural trends of its time, these days it is generally geared towards tourists. Guided tours are available, with visitors being given permission to explore the slopes, the courtyard, and even the palace’s own basement vaults. The best part is that tourists can sample a glass of their delicious Meissner wine after the end of a tour.
This castle played an important role in Germany’s defenses since its creation in 1316 (and throughout its many reconstructions), mainly because of its strategic location. While not as scenic as the other castles in this list, this castle is still worth checking out for the functional drawbridges, the castle chapel, and the Burgundy Garden, which still grows grapes to this day even after a century of production. During my tour of this castle I chatted and met with an American from Joshua Tree, California. We had good conversation and we talked about our passions which included rock climbing more specifically, Joshua Tree rock climbing. She loved the challenge of it and all the mental fortitude that is needed in her sport. I admired her passion as she did mine.
Burg zu Burghausen
This castle complex holds the prestige of being the longest in the world, and has already been verified by the Guinness World Records as such. The complex runs for a thousand and fifty one meters, and consists of the main castle itself, an inner courtyard, and several outer courtyards. Tourists these days are free to tour the castle museum in order to see several masterpieces from the Bavarian State Picture Collection. The outer courtyard is also open to the public, and fortunately it has a brewery and a bakery, so one can get their drink on and stave away the hunger as well.
Built in the late 17th century, the Charlottenburg Palace is lauded for being the largest palace in Berlin. It was damaged in the second World War, but the silver lining is that the reconstruction of the palace also saw the addition of a belvedere, a mausoleum, a pavilion, a theatre, and a garden used to greet visitors of the palace. This makes the reconstructed Charlottenburg palace more suitable for tourists compared to its original incarnation.
Built in the 1540s, the Ehrenburg Palace was primarily a residence for Coburg’s princes during the 1540s to 1918. The palace is notable because its name roughly translates to “Palace of Honour,” a reference to the fact that Emperor Charles V had it built without requiring any forced labor. There have been a number of reconstructions and renovation done over the years, so the castle still looks as good as it did when it was first constructed. The palace is open to visitors who want to see its marvelous architecture and antiquities first hand, with a museum serving as a means to see the castle’s past as well as several art galleries devoted to the art of Lucas Cranach the Elder.