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Historical castles in Germany – where the past comes alive

They are almost uncountable! More than 25000 German castles and palaces are scattered throughout the country - that sounds incredible, but though they are remains of gone times when they were the power centers for emperors and kings, earls and princes. Nowadays tourists find museums, hotels, restaurants and much more within those strong walls and enjoy their outstanding atmosphere. As you possibly won't have enough time to visit them all we've selected a few.

Martin Luther at the Wartburg castle in Germany

Neuschwanstein castle
Neuschwanstein: the most famous fairy-tale castle in Germany, built by Ludwig II. King of Bavaria
Undoubtedly one of the most frequently visited castles in Germany is Neuschwanstein Castle but a popular one among Germans is the Unesco World Heritage Wartburg Castle in Eisenach.
Its famous inhabitant was the reformer Martin Luther. Banned and outlawed, he was taken here in disguise and completed his greatest cultural achievement - the translation of the Bible from Latin into German language. It's one of the most important castles history was written in.

Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam

As Berlin is a destination for every tourist to travel to we would suggest, to spend at least on day in the nearby Potsdam to see the wonderful city itself and to step by at the glorious Sanssouci Palace - it might be one of the most amazing ones.
That Prussian rococo masterpiece in a huge park complex is one of many sights in Potsdam and lets you imagine why once electors, kings and the emperors chose Potsdam to be their royal seat.

Königstein fortress, which never has been conquered

How about combining a natural highlight with historical sights? The Saxon Switzerland National Park offers on one hand a good starting point for a boat trip to many of Dresden's magnificient buildings. On the other hand you shouldn't miss Königstein fortress, one of those which never had been conquered by its enemies.

Want to see many castles in Germany? Travel the 'Burgenstrasse' and visit Bamberg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and lots more

Castles Germany, Knights Rothenburg o.d. Tauber
Knights from the Middle Age Festival in the streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
As a great fan of knights the themed road Burgenstrasse (German Castle Road) is a Must for you as there are dozens of historical highlights along your way.

Stroll through the streets of Wurzburg to the Wurzburg Residence, climb up to the 'Kaiserburg' of Nuremberg or travel to Rothenburg to step back in time to the Middle Ages. Perhaps you are lucky to experience a traditional festival (called Mittelalterfest). Watch your childrens eyes becoming bright standing in the middle of fighting knights! It's weird, but you shoudn't miss to be a part of such spectacle, when everybody acts, talks and dresses in a medieval way.

Almost all palaces and medieval castles in Germany are open to the public with mostly little fees for entering. If you are already curious which we have discovered already, just have a look at the pictures to get some more impressions.

Pictures

Pictures Castles, sanssouci Potsdam
"Sanssouci Palace" in Potsdam - click PLAY for more pictures of castles in Germany
Königstein castle
Königstein - the mighty fortress is an attraction in Saxon Switzerland National Park