Rarely someone knows that there are over 20,000 castles in Germany alone. By any standards that is a lot. Thus the question may arise, which castle to visit since it is almost impossible to visit them all.
Luckily for you, we have made a list of the top 5 fairytale castles in Germany that will awe you with the presence. All of them are well-preserved and allows visitors. You can get there by car or some form of public transport.
Without further ado, here they are:
1. Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein is the perfect one to start your castle tour. According to most folks, it is the best castle in Germany. This castle inspired Walt Disney for Sleeping Beauty Castle.
The castle is placed on a hill right above the Hohenschwangau village and can be spotted from miles away.
However, keep in mind that Neuschwanstein castle is a very popular destination with more than 1.5 million visitors each year. During the summer months, there can be 6,000 visitors daily.
2. Eltz Castle
Eltz Castle is yet another magical castle surrounded by fantastic nature. That also makes it a popular destination among tourists. The only way to get there is if you join a guided tour. Typically, the castle is open for visitors from April to November.
3. Mespelbrunn Castle
Mespelbrunn might not be as popular as the first two, but that doesn’t mean you will be fascinated by any less. It is a much smaller, late-medieval castle surrounded by water located in the Eslava Valley.
At the entrance of the castle, you pay a small ticket that lands you a 40-minute tour. When you go there, don’t use Google directions as it will lead you to a dirt road, far from the castle. Instead, they rely on other maps or ask the locals for directions.
4. Burg Frankenstein Aka Frankenstein Castle
Aside from the unique design and position, Burg Frankenstein is a castle that serves you plenty of history. During the 1700s, the castle served as a jail and a military hospital. But before that, in 1604, a big number of bodies were dug out from the castle.
That made the castle perfect for a haunted house setting. As a result, Halloween at Burgh Castle is celebrated with a big party.
The castle is also known for its on-site restaurant which offers a top view over the surrounding landscape.
5. Cochem Castle
The Cochem Castle is located on a hill overlooking the Moselle River, the town of Cochem, and the many vineyards. Just being there is a feast for the eyes and food for the soul.
Cochem Castle is over 1,000 years old and can be visited only if you are part of a guided tour. Most tours are in German, while the English speaking tourists are given information sheets. English tours are available twice a day, at 5 PM and 12 PM.