5 Most Magnificent Castles in Germany
I've traveled to Germany a few times in my life and I've had the joy of visiting a few wonderful castles. Although I haven't had the privilege of visiting all of the following castles that made my list, I sure hope to visit them all one day!
Built around 1000 by a palatinate count, it was nearly destroyed in the 17th century when French King Louis XIV invaded the region. The castle was rebuilt in 1868 in the Neo-Gothic style. It towers above the scenic town of Cochem on the Moselle River. Although I have not seen this castle in person and some travel guides don't think this castle is as "authentic" as others, the style and overall impressiveness of this castle is what makes it my #5.
#4: Linderhof Palace
Plans for this castle began in 1868 by Ludwig II and in 1886 the final rebuilding phase was set in motion, however he didn't live to see the completion of his new bedroom. Although this palace is much smaller than King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles, it is clear that Ludwig II used Versailles as inspiration for Linderhof. Located in Ettal Germany, not far from Oberammergau, this palace has multiple buildings and the grounds surrounding the main building are simply gorgeous. I've been able to visit Schloss Linderhof twice (one time it was being rejuvenated so they had a big tarp over the front of it) but the 2nd time I went with the American Aid Society Jugendgruppe I was able to fully enjoy the sheer opulence of this castle. This is what made it my #4!
#3: Schwerin Castle
Neuschwanstein is one of the most magnificent castles in Germany (and actually most photographed building in Germany). (I mean even Disney thought it was marvelous enough to try and replicate for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disney World!) Unlike most castles, Schloss Neuschwanstein was not designed or built for defensive purposes. It was created simply as a fancy schmancy retreat for Ludwig II of Bavaria. It sits quietly among the Bavarian Alps near the town of Füssen. I've been to Neuschwanstein multiple times and each time it was more awesome than the time before. There is just something about this castle that takes my breath away and that's why it's my #1 most magnificent castle in Germany!
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As always, ideas and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. - Erika