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Top 5 fantastic castles of Germany which everyone must visit (Part 1)
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Top 5 fantastic castles of Germany which everyone must visit (Part 1)

1. Neuschwanstein Castle

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Not far from the Austrian border is located a surprisingly romantic castle – Neuschwanstein. Once upon a time, it served as a haven for the King of Bavaria, Ludwig II, and today it has become a popular attraction among travelers from all over the world. Moreover, everybody who visits this castle thinks that the castle is always charming at any time of the year.

You must know that you will have to pay 12 € for an entrance ticket to a museum located in the castle. You can stay at one of the hotels in the nearby town of Füssen or in the nearby villages – the choice of hotels is quite wide.

Opening hours: April – October 15 – from 9:00 to 18:00, October 16 – March – from 10:00 to 16:00

2. Dresden Castle Residence

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More years ago, the kings lived in one of the oldest and, of course, the most beautiful buildings of Dresden. The castle is remarkable for its impressive size, as well as an interesting combination of architectural styles – from romanticism to neo-renaissance.

the castle was reconstructed and transformed under the influence of new trends for several centuries (from XII to XIX): initially, a fortress stood here, which gradually transformed into a real castle pearl of Saxony. Therefore, it will be interesting not only to see the building but also to get acquainted with its rich and fascinating history.

Opening hours: from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Tuesdays

3. Stolzenfels

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This castle was even recognized as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. All thanks to its exceptional historical importance. The most interesting for visitors is the Knight’s Hall. Here, guests of the castle can get acquainted with a collection of historical weapons and objects from the Middle Ages. The price for the entrance is € 4-8.

Opening hours: from January to March and October-November – from 10:00 to 17:00, March – from 9:00 to 17:00, from April to September – from 9:00 to 18:00, December – closed.

4. Castle Levenburg

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Once upon a time, the Wilhelm IX decided- to build a castle on German territory that would be able to compete with the famous buildings of Britain. He controlled the construction of Levenburg personally, constantly making his edits and ideas. Today this “author’s” creation is proudly called the “lion” castle, one of the most popular tourist routes in Germany – the “German Fairy Tale”. By the way, Levenburg was the creators of famous Disney stories used as a template, so if you are visited by a sense of cartoon déjà vu, don’t be too surprised.

The price of a standard ticket is € 4.

Opening hours: January – February from 10:00 to 16:00; March – October from 10:00 to 17:00.

5. Lichtenstein Castle

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This is one of the castles that are still in the possession of the descendants of its founders, in this case, the Dukes of Urach. Fortunately, the owners were quite hospitable, and the unique building is almost completely open to the public. There is something to see: in an old building located at 817 meters in height, there is an impressive collection of exhibits of historical and cultural heritage. In addition, the castle has undergone several destruction and restoration, so we could see- the ruins of the old castle, which can be found near the main building.

Opening hours: January – not working, from February to March – on weekends and holidays from 10:00 to 16:00, from April to October – daily from 9:00 to 17:30, November – on weekends and holidays from 10:00 to 16:00.

Also, you should read “Top 5 fantastic castles of Germany which everyone must visit (Part 2)“.