The 7 Castles of Germany (out of 25,000!)

Updated: Jan 22

Guten Morgen, meine Freunde,

Remarkably beautiful, they stand tall in the mountains and overlook the valley in case an intruder is coming - castles of Germany are the local attractions in different parts of Germany.

7. The Eltz castle

In Moselle Valley, you may visit one of the oldest castles: the Eltz castle was built in the 11th century. Despite such a respectable age, it has never been destroyed in battle! Its armory, filled with gold and silver artifacts, as well as porcelain and jewelry, is considered one of the best in Europe. The castle’s exterior was featured in the 1979 movie, “The Ninth Configuration”.


6. The Wartburg castle

Another castle of a respectable age is the Wartburg castle. Wartburg Castle was founded in the 11th century, but its fame dates from a few centuries later. Located in Eisenach, Martin Luther hid out here while he finished translating the Bible in the early 16th century. In the 20th century, Adolf Hitler wanted the castle to take down its cross and replace it with a swastika. One of the best preserved medieval castles in Germany, visitors have the option of taking a hike up a steep slope to reach the castle or take a shuttle bus.


5. The Reichsburg Castle

This castle, located in Cochem, Germany, was built around 1000 by a palatinate count, and later changed hands when an emperor pawned it to pay for his coronation. It was nearly destroyed in the 17th century when French King Louis XIV invaded the region. The castle was rebuilt in Neo-Gothic style. Sitting on a hill overlooking the Moselle River, the castle has an impressive display of Renaissance and Baroque furniture.


4. The Mespelbrunn Castle

It began as a simple house built on the water by an early 15th century knight. Located within the Spessart forest between Frankfurt and Wurzburg, the castle may lack the gingerbread look of other German castles, but its simple beauty makes it one of the most visited water castles in Germany. Indeed, it has been described as one of the loveliest castles in Europe. This northern Bavaria castle is privately owned, but the family opens its doors to tourists throughout the year. Taking a walk on the paths throughout the castle grounds is highly recommended by past visitors.


3. The Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle is one of Germany’s newer castles, built only in the 19th century to honor the medieval knights of Lichtenstein. A castle stood on the site as early as the 12th century, but fell into disrepair until the current castle was built. It stands boldly atop a hill, accessible by a stone bridge stretching to another hill. Located in the Swabian Alps near Honau, the Neo-Gothic castle is known for its collection of historic weapons and armor.


2. The Hohenschwangau Castle

Maximillian II, father of Ludwig II, discovered Hohenschwangau Castle when he was still the Crown Prince. The vicinity in which he found it pleased him immensely. In spite of it being in ruins, he bought the castle and had it renovated. When the work was complete, Maximillian used it as a hunting lodge, and for a summer palace. Ludwig II reigned after Maximillian died in 1864. He never married, so his mother remained at this home for the rest of her life. It is located in the village of Hohenschwangau near the town of Füssen.


1. Das Neuschwanstein Schloss

In Bavaria, you will see the famous castle that inspired Walt Disney to create the castle of Sleeping Beauty. Built in the 19th century, Neuschwanstein Schloss is your classical example of a castle, with its airy towers, narrow windows, and a picturesque gateway. Take a look at its airy architecture and get inspired!

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There is so much more castles that will strike your imagination in Germany. I hope you can visit it one day!


Here is your set of Quizlet flascards for this week's game, based on the information in this article. See you on Friday!


Ms. Anna.

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