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Medieval castles in Germany. Neuschwanstein castle, Hohenzollern, Heidelberg, Wartburg, Nuremberg, Mespelbrunn water castle and others. Beautiful European castles.

Neuschwanstein castle
Probably the most famous German castle. Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Gothic Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner.
The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.

Neuschwanstein castle, Medieval castles in Germany

Neuschwanstein castle-German castles

Burg Eltz castle
Burg Eltz is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago.

Burg Eltz-Medieval German castles

Burg Eltz-German castles

Cochem castle
The Reichsburg Cochem had its first documentary mention in 1130. In 1151, it was occupied by King Konrad III, who declared it an Imperial castle. In 1688, the castle was overrun by French King Louis XIV’s troops in the course of the Nine Years’ War (known in Germany as the Pfälzischer Erbfolgekrieg, or War of the Palatine Succession), and the following year, they destroyed it. The castle complex long lay in ruins before in 1868 it was bought by the Berlin businessman Louis Fréderic Jacques Ravené for 300 Goldmark and then reconstructed in the Gothic Revival style. Since 1978 it has been owned by the town of Cochem and is administered by a company named Reichsburg GmbH.

Cochem castle-German medieval castles

Cochem castle-German castles

Heidelberg castle
he Heidelberg Castle is a famous ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Known as Palace of kings, prison of popes.

Heidelberg castle, German medieval castles

Heidelberg castle-German castles

Hohenzollern castle
Hohenzollern Castle. The ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern dynasty located in Swabia (Germany). One of Euope’s most beautiful and popular castles.

Hohenzollern castle-German castles

Hohenzollern castle-German castles

Mespelbrunn water castle
Mespelbrunn Castle is a medieval moated castle on the territory of the town of Mespelbrunn, between Frankfurt and Würzburg, built in a remote tributary valley of the Elsava valley, within the Spessart forest. One of the most visited water castles in Germany.

Mesplebrunn water castle-German castles

Mesplebrunn water castle-German castles

Nuremberg castle
Nuremberg castle (Nürnberger Burg) is located on a sandstone rock in the north of the historical city of Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany. With its architecture and history the castle is one of the most important fortresses in Europe. It comprises three sections: the imperial castle (“Kaiserburg”), some buildings of the Burgraves of Nuremberg (“Burggrafenburg”), and the municipal buildings of the Imperial City at the eastern site (“Reichsstädtische Bauten”).

Nuremberg castle-German castles

Nuremberg castle-German castles

Sooneck castle
Burg Sooneck. The castle was managed by the Lords of Hohenfels as bailiffs for Kornelimünster Abbey near Aachen.

Sooneck castle-German castles

Sooneck castle-German castles

Waldeck castle
Waldeck castle was the master seat of the Hunsrücker Family Boos. This medieval castle endured several wars, and was partially destroyed by the French (1689) in the course of the Pfälzischen succession war.

Waldeck castle-German castles

Waldeck castle-German castles

Wartburg castle
The Wartburg is a German castle situated on a (410 m) precipice to the southwest of, and overlooking the town of Eisenach, in the state of Thuringia, Germany. In 1999 UNESCO added Wartburg Castle to the World Heritage List as an “Outstanding Monument of the Feudal Period in Central Europe”.

Wartburg castle-German medieval castles

Wartburg castle-German castles

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