10 Fairy Tale Castles to Visit in Germany

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Out of all of Europe, Germany boasts the most impressive selection of castles, these magnificent structures widely considered to be the nation’s crown jewels. German castles have been the source of great inspiration over the centuries; the Brothers’ Grimm centred almost all of their fairy tales in Germany and Walt Disney even used one as a model for the development of Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland!

If you’re travelling to Germany, visiting at least one castle should be on your itinerary. Here is the WOW pick of the 10 most magical fairy tale castles to visit.

Fairytale German Castles, Löwenberg

10. Löwenburg Castle

Meaning “Lion’s Castle”, Löwenberg Castle is a romantic, medieval castle that is located in the picturesque Bergpark Willhelmshöhe. Although it is one of the most beautiful castles in the world, it is actually an imitation of medieval architecture and was built between 1793 and 1801. It served as a leisure palace with opulent living quarters. (Image by Dennis via Flickr Creative Commons)

Entrance price: 6 Euros

Location: Kassel

Fairy Tale German Castles, Wartburg Castle

9. Wartburg Castle

Constructed in 1067, Wartburg Castle is one of the oldest castles in Germany. It is perched 400 m above the picturesque, forested countryside. Wartburg Castle is most famous for being the place that sheltered Martin Luther while he translated the New Testament into German. The castle is large and imposing and, given its 900-year history, is one of the best-preserved fortresses in the world. (Image by Lawrence OP via Flickr Creative Commons)

Entrance price: 9 Euros

Location: Eisenach

Fairy Tale German Castles, Marksburg Castle

8. Marksburg Castle

Marksburg is the only medieval castle in the Middle Rhine that has never been destroyed. The impressive fortress sits high on a cliff, impenetrable to enemy forces, which has helped it survive for over 700 years. Many visitors journey to this region for the sole reason of seeing this castle, although the beautiful Rhine Valley holds many other wonders too. (Image by Rhineland -Pfalz Tourismus via Flickr Creative Commons)

Entrance price: 6 Euros

Location: Braubach

Fairy Tale Castles in Germany, Albrechtsberg

7. Albrechtsberg Castle

Albrechtsberg is a magnificent late-Gothic castle that stands on a hill overlooking the river Elbe in the town of Meissen. A fortress was built in this place in the 10th century and the present castle was constructed 500 years later in the same location. Located only 25km from Dresden, a visit to this picturesque location makes for a popular day trip. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Entrance price: 8 Euros

Location: Meissen

Fairy Tale German Castles, Reichsburg

6. Reichsburg Cochem Castle

Reichsburg Castle is a landmark of the region and a memory of distant medieval times. Towering over the scenic town of Cochem, the castle has been reconstructed after King Louis XIV had his French troops destroy it in 1689, a fate to which many other castles also succumbed. While Reichsburg Castle is indisputably spectacular to admire from afar, making the trip and exploring the interior and grounds themselves will reward you with stunning views of the valley below. (Image by Heribert Pohl via Flickr Creative Commons)

Entrance price: 6 Euros

Location: Cochem

Fairy Tale German Castles, Heidelberg

5. Heidelberg Castle

One of the most famous castle ruins in the world, the ruins of Heidelberg castle are a distinguishing landmark in this university city. This is another castle that was destroyed by the French, but this one was never rebuilt to its former glory. A wander around the atmospheric ruins is an experience that won’t be forgotten! (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Entrance price: 6 Euros

Location: Heidelberg

Fairy Tale German Castles, Lichtenstein

4. Lichtenstein Castle

Perched precariously on a steep cliff face, Lichtenstein Castle looks like something directly out of a movie! While small, it is undoubtedly one of the most impressive castles to see in Europe, but it’s not as well known as some others. Its nickname is “Neuschwanstein’s little brother”, after Germany’s most iconic castle, yet most international tourists don’t know about it. It’s one of the most majestic in the country and an easy day trip from Stuttgart. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Entrance price: 7 Euros

Location: Honau

Fairy Tale Castles in Germany, Schweriner

3. Schweriner Castle

Built on a small island in Lake Schwerin, this castle was constructed on the site of an old Slavic castle that existed there more than a thousand years ago. Today it is used as the seat of the state Parliament in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and is regarded as one of the most beautiful palaces of northern Europe. (Image by Mathias Liebing via Flickr Creative Commons)

Entrance price: 8 Euros

Location: Schwerin

Fairy Tale Castles in Germany, Hohenzollern

2. Hohenzollern Castle

Built to resemble a knight’s medieval castle, Hohenzollern Castle, located in Germany’s south, is right up there with the most impressive castles in the country. Built on top of Mount Hohenzollern, the castle has sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, making it one of Germany’s prettiest castles. This castle is also an important site in Prussian history and is essentially where the Prussian lineage began. (Image by playlight55 via Flickr Creative Commons)

Entrance price: 7 Euros

Location: Hohenzollern

Brooke Saward Neuschwanstein Castle

1. Neuschwanstein Castle

The most famous of all Europe’s castles, Neuschwanstein Castle is a magical sight to behold. Constructed in 1869, this magnificent castle was not built for defense, but as the private summer retreat for King Ludwig II. The setting of the castle couldn’t be more idyllic. It is perched over one of southern Bavaria’s most beautiful gorges and overlooks the Alps, making it one of the most photographed sites in all of Germany.

Entrance price: 12 Euros

Location: Füssen

Have you been to any magical fairy tale castles on your travels? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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    November 13, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    These castles are all so gorgeous! Thanks for covering them in this article! My wanderlust has been stirred =D

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    November 9, 2015 at 11:54 am

    The Neuschwanstein Castle is on my bucket list for this summer!! GORGEOUS 🙂

    November 9, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I’m going to Schwerin next Saturday 🙂 Can’t wait!
    Already been to Neuschwanstein and it’s absolutely amazing!

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    November 9, 2015 at 3:52 am

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    November 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I thought by planning to visit 5 little towns in Germany in December I was at least putting a dint in it. This showed me it clearly is not!

    So many beautiful castles!

    November 8, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Hi Brooke,

    It’s a nice article. There is a also a very beautiful castle (from King Ludwig II) to visit in Germany : Herrenchiemsee !

    November 6, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    The last castles are like castles from Disney! So beautiful and magical! I only knew the last two of this list.

    November 6, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I would add Eltz Castle to the list – very impressive!

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    November 5, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Wow! They are really beautiful, like a fairytale. They look old but still in good condition.

    November 5, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    It’s amazing how well preserved this castles are!

    November 5, 2015 at 10:05 am

    These all look absolutely amazing! I particularly want to visit Neuschwanstein Castle as it’s like something out of a fairytale!!! 🙂

    Danny Mellema
    November 5, 2015 at 9:47 am

    This is a great timing, busy with planning my trip and it’s going through Germany. Thanks, I will be sure to check most of these out!

    November 5, 2015 at 6:32 am

    And since when is Versailles located in Germany again?

    November 5, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Well, nice attempt and to be fair, I haven’t been to some of those castles, and I am German.
    However, Neuschwanstein, the most famous of them all, seriously? The most famous and impressive of all of them, both historically as well as architecturally, is without a doubt, Versailles. Neuschwanstein was the fantasy of a king gone mad, who made it his life’s goal to achieve the greatness of Louis XIV – who, well, was the absolutist French king who had Versailles built into a royal palace. King Ludwig II is alleged o have committed suicide, never quite being able to fulfill his dream. So, there is actually quite a sad story attached to Neuschwanstein.
    Neuschwanstein resembles the Disney castle, and I guess that’s why so many American (or Australian) tourists go for it. But it is most certainly not a particularly interesting place, if you know anything about history or architecture. Please excuse my European arrogance, but it can be quite annoying to have people gosh over certain places (in Europe) without being able to contextualise them.
    Aside from that, cute blog though.

    November 5, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Neuschwanstein was indeed magical! Love this list. I’m really excited to check out Reichsburg Castle now! Just that picturesque town looks work exploring alone and you get a castle to boot! Love it 🙂

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    I have never heard of most of these castles! Absolutely stunning – definitely pinning this for later!

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    Hi, I also visited the Castle but not all of them. Nice Article!

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    Out of all these castles, I’ve only been to Schweriner castle, and since it’s not the most famous one, or the biggest one, I still found it pretty impressive. Nothing less impressive is the castle surrounding since it’s located just next to the Schwerin Lake. I captured a few photos with swans and the castle. It looks so magical.

    November 4, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I lived in Meissen a few years ago and seeing Albrechtsburg on here made my heart ache. It’s such a beautiful little town. I’ve also visited Cochem which I loved and Neuschwanstein, but I thought it was a little bit of a let-down.

    November 4, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    ooo, Lichtenstein Schloss is so beautiful! And so tiny! And the garden is amazing!!

    Carmela Morales
    November 4, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve always had a fascination with castles so when I get to travelling, I’m surely going to be visiting as many of these castles as I can!

    November 4, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I have never been to Germany before but it looks so amazing and beautiful :))

    November 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I usually am more drawn towards ruins but yes, been to a few of these and each is something one wont forget!

    November 4, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I’d recently just put Neushwanstein on my list to visit this winter 😀 I really want to see it in the snow so it looks eerily beautiful and magical all at once. Can’t. Wait. Eeek!

    November 4, 2015 at 11:54 am

    As someone who loves castles, I’m sad to say I’ve only visited one off this list. I clearly have not spent enough time in Germany! There are a ton of smaller ones on the Rhine that are absolutely magical as well.

    I’m heading to Germany again in 2016, so I’m definitely bookmarking this list with a view of crossing off at least a few more.


    November 4, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Absolutely stunning.

    Katelyn McPhee
    November 4, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Such beautiful castles. I’ve always wanted to visit Germany as my Opa immigrated to Canada from Germany. He goes back every 2 years with my mom and aunt to visit 🙂

    November 4, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I’ve visited Germany some years ago and the most magical place I’ve gone was the Neuschwanstein Castle.
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    November 4, 2015 at 8:30 am

    These are true fairy tale castles, would form a great German road trip! The Schweriner by far is my favourite! (:

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    November 4, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I live in Switzerland and make road trips to visit castles in Germany from time to time, so I’ll definitely be saving this post. I also like Burghausen Castle on the German-Austrian border. All you have to do is cross a tiny bridge, and you’re in Austria!