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Top 5 Castles in Germany

Monday, December 8th, 2008

New Years Eve coming closer and closer and maybe that is just the right time to make some fascinating and dreamy journey.

For those who do not believe in Santa any more and still want to experience something magical we offer a trip to the best castles in Germany. Take a step back and immerse yourself in the times of knights and ladies, Princes and Princesses. Castles is one of the best treasures that Germany can offer to those looking for fairytale.

1. Neuschwanstein Castle

For sure, we have to start with this wonder. Neuschwanstein Castle is a magnificent and imposing fantasy mansion that became an invaluable source of inspiration for Walt Disney. Everybody has seen a small magic castle in the beginning of Disney’s cartoons, but how many of you have seen it in reality? And this view takes your breath away and makes you believe in magic. Tall and proud Gothic style mansion with exquisite turrets, refined lines and a tower is surrounded by the snowy Apls peaks. This one is a pearl in the German collection of castles. And story of the construction of this mansion is as compelling as its design. Neuschwanstein Castle was supposed to become the first castle planned by King Ludwig II who was inspired by Wagner’s operatic genre that he called music drama, synthesizing music, drama, verse, legend, and spectacle. The King was so influenced by this music drama that he wanted to embody that style in architecture and started to build the castle. According to the original design the landmark was supposed to be a small intricate shaped castle. In time, it turned into an impressive temple to Wagner. However, the construction still was not completed in 1883 when the composer died and Ludwig could not overcome that grief. Now Neuschwanstein Castle is a one of the most beautiful German sights, blanketed in mysterious past.

Opening hours
April – September: 9 am – 6 pm
October – March: 10 am – 4 pm

Admission charges
Adult admission: 9.00 €
Concession: 8.00 €

2. Mespelbrunn castle

This lovely Renaissance mansion is one of those castles that have preserved its original forms with a massive tower that traces its origins back to the thirteen century. It is hidden in the beautiful valley. Mespelbrunn Castle is located in the southern Bavaria and is a good example of those medieval mansions, supported by enchanting stone columns and embellished with rose-shaped decorations, angels and masks. On one of the columns you can see the coat of arms of the knight Peter Echter, who built Mespelbrunn Castle and his wife, Lady Adelsheim.

Opening hours
Monday to Sunday: 9 am – 12 pm and 13 pm – 17 pm

Admission charges
Adult admission: 3.50 €
Concession: 2.00 €

3. Heidelberg Castle

This castle is almost all in ruins but it jut underlines the impression it makes. It was built on the hill over the Old Town of Heidelberg and also has a thrilling history. The architecture of Heidelberg Castle combines the medieval, Renaissance, and baroque styles. The construction of Heidelberg castle started in the fourteen century and was totally finished only four centuries later. This explains the number of the styles implemented. Later, the castle was neglected and locals even used its stones for building of their homes. At the present time, some of the halls of Heidelberg Castle have been charmingly restored and different theatre performances, banquets, and festivals take place in them. The castle is magically illuminated when it gets dark and locals and visitors can marvel the splendor and elegance of the highlighted forms of the mansion. There is also a famous huge wine vat in there that was built in 1751. It is possible to taste wine that got old in this oak vat and get the real Heidelberg feeling.

Opening hours
Daily from 8 am – 5 pm

Admission charges
Adult admission: 2.00 €
Concession: 1.00 €

4. Burghausen Castle

This one is worth visiting if you want to try to live in such medieval surroundings. Today Burghausen Castle is a home of museums and youth hostel and you can use this opportunity to spend a night in the Bavarian Dukes castle the construction of which was started as long ago as the seventh century. You can also go for a walk in the ancient woods that surround the castle and cruise the tranquil waters of the river. Burghausen Castle is based on the west bank of the Salzach River, atop of a ridge. It is divided in a number of courtyards and has a number of towers such as Clock Tower, Torture Tower and Witches Tower. It also has a deep dungeon.

Opening hours
April – September: 9 am – 6 pm
October – March: 10 am – 4 pm

Admission charges
Adult admission: 3.00 €
Concession: 2.00 €

5. Lowenburg Castle

This castle can become a great visiting experience for you and your kids. Lowenburg Castle is a mini castle that seems to be pretty medieval. But it turns out to be a small fake copy of medieval castles! It was built by the Landgrave Wilhelm IX from Kassel as a romantic ruin. His architect studied a lot romantic English ruins architecture to use his skills while building Lowenburg in end of the eighteen century on the land of Hessen. This castle is built in the neo-Gothic style and its pseudo-medieval constructions has been a real private place of retreat for the Landgrave Wolhelm IX. Here he ran away from his court, duties, pompous ceremonies and even his wife. Lowenburg has deliberate romantic settings, its unique fashion that can be felt nowadays.

Opening hours
March – October, Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
November – February, Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
In December only open on weekends

Admission charges
Adult admission: 2.00 €
Concession: 1.00 €

Picture of Lowenburg Castle, Germany originally posted by schoschie

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Venere Travel Blog writer oksana

Oksana is a freelance writer who believes that traveling is the best education. She's now studying Global Development at the Warsaw University and is obsessed with languages and foreign cultures.

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  1. Marek says:
    December 13th, 2008 at 10:36

    I wish I could spend NYE there….


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