Europe, Tourism

The Spectacular Castles Of Germany

Just in time for winter, where the snow laden forests of Germany make for magical views, let’s talk about the magnificent castles high on hill tops around the country.

What is a vacation to Germany without a peek at its famous castles? Capturing important moments in history from as far back as the 11th and 12th centuries, Deutschland’s palatial monuments are as striking to us today as they were to the royal families and military leaders who once inhabited them.

Today, these castles are some of the most popular German attractions, drawing visitors from across the globe to their treasure-filled armories and enchanting grounds. Neuschwanstein Castle, in Bavaria, has the distinction of being one of the most visited castles in the entire worldluring in more than 1.5 million tourists a year with its two-story throne room and ornately-furnished chambers.

Turrets and towers rise from all across the German countryside, crowning Alpine mountains and overlooking vast parklands, forests, and charming villages. You can find them just outside popular cities, or floating on island lakes. They now serve as government buildings, museums, landmarks, hotels, and—in more than a few cases—incredible private homes. The top 10 castles to see are:

  • Colditz Castle
  • Heidelberg Palace
  • Wartburg Castle
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Schwerin Castle
  • Frankenstein Castle
  • Altena Castle
  • Meersburg Castle
  • Castle Eltz
  • Hohenzollern Castle
  • Colditz Castle

Of course, it is a little chilly at present, but one can always find any number of exciting cities or charming towns to drink some traditional Feuerzangenbowle or Glühwein, and take in a Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas market) in Germany.

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)