My Favorite Castles in Southern Germany
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There are an incredible 25,000 cast les in Germany!
With so many castles it’s difficult to pick out just one favorite, so I’ve picked out my favorite castles in Southern Germany
based on different criteria, since no two castles are alike:
Favorite Touristy Castle in Germany: Heidelberg Castle
Yes it’s touristy and on the Japanese tour bus circuit, but this 700 year old castle overlooking the
city of Heidelberg has survived f ires and a lighting strike and the castle tour is worth f ighting the
Inside Heidelberg Castle visitors can also visit the World’s Largest Apothecary Museum showcasing over 20,000
pharmaceutical items and the world’s largest wine barrel. The crowds reach an all time peak in July and August so go
at another time if possible, if not go early or later in the day.
Favorite Elaborate Castle in Germany: Herrenchiemsee New Palace
One of craz y King Ludwig’s castles, the
Herrenchiemsee New Palace is the most
elaborate, costing more than the combined
total of famed Neuschwanstein and Linderhof.
It’s decadence at its finest and is even housed
on its own island (Herren Island) on the
Chiemsee. Photos are not permitted inside, but
the exterior hints at the luxury waiting inside.
Not surprisingly it’s also a popular castle so it’s
best to go off- season when possible.
Favorite Small Castle in Germany:
Lichtenstein Castle is sometimes referred to as Neuschwanstein’s Little Brother, since they’re both white castles, although
Lichtenstein is a much smaller castle, but to be fair it is only a hunting castle. What it lacks up for in siz e it makes up for
by perilously clinging to the edge of a limestone cliff.
Favorite Castle Tour in Germany: Ludwigsburg Palace
After a while many castle tours seem to blur together, but not the Ludwigsburg Palace tour where visitors will learn all
about the secret lives of royalty including Duke Eberhard’s libido which unfortunately was reserved for his mistresses
and not his wife. The tour also includes a look at the servant’s quarters where you can only imagine how difficult it would
be to live in a cold dark room, while everyone else was surrounded by luxury.
Favorite Hike to a Castle in Germany: Hohenz ollern Castle
There are much easier ways to reach Hohenz ollern Castle than a 12km hike – like driving to the parking lot, but knowing
that your destination is a castle is very good motivation to visit one of the most popular castles in Germany.
Hohenz ollern Castle dates back to the 11th century and has seen numerous wars including the Thirty Years War, fallen
into ruin and even suffered from an earthquake. Go early to avoid the crowds and check the schedule in advance if
you’re looking for an English tour.
Favorite Castle in Munich: T he Residenz
Th e l a r g e s t ce i l i n g fr e s co I’ve e ve r s e e n i s i n th e Mu n i ch Re s i d e n z .
castles in Munich, The Residenz and Schloss Nymphenburg and Schlieissheim Palace located just outside of Munich.
Schloss Nyphemburg and Schlieissheim Palace are more impressive on the outside, but I love the interior of The
Residenz , and it’s one of the largest castles in Europe. Plus it also houses the Treasury where visitors can look at the
crown jewels. The Residenz is conveniently located in downtown Munich.
Castle Ruins in Germany: Old Castle in Baden-Baden
I spent over an hour exploring these castle ruins for which there is no tour nor entrance fee. Despite the nice weather
there was only a handful of other visitors there. I loved having free run of the place.
I’ve been to doz ens more castles in Germany, but these are some of my favorites.
What are your f avorit e cast les in Germany? You have more t han 24,990 t o choose f rom.
Laurel Robbins is a free- spirited adventurer, award- winning travel blogger at Monkeys and Mountains
Adventure Travel Blog. Many hats, one travel obsessed Canadian in Germany.