7 breathtaking castles in Germany

Without the one dark blot of Nazi Germany, this country would easily outrank all others in terms of contribution to the world history. Take its castles for example. Not even the French could match their architectural genius. If you are travelling to Germany, you are well advised to visit the following breathtaking castles.

1. The Neuschwanstein Castle

Built in the Romanesque Revival architecture, this castle is a reminder of why Bavaria is the source of the German inspiration. It is perched on a hill in the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen. It was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria.

2. Heidelberg Castle

This is one of the best remainder of the Renaissance structures in the Alps. It is located in Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany. It was the first of the Gothic & Renaissance in the Town of Heidelburg. Its first owner was Bishop Worms.

3. Eltz Castle

This is a medieval structure that dates as early as 12th century. It is located on the banks of Elzbach River near Koblenz. It features architectural styles such as Late Gothic Revival, Medieval architecture, and Romanesque architecture.

4. Charlottenburg Palace

This is the oldest palace in Germany. Unfortunately, it was the only building that dates back to the times of Hohenzollern family. The others were destroyed during the WWII. It features the Baroque and Rococo styles of architecture.

5. Moyland Castle

This is a 17th century Baroque Castle that was later upgraded to New Gothic Style. It is located near the town of Kleve in western Germany.

6. Albrechtsburg

This is a 17th century castle located on the banks of the Elbe River, 25 kilometers from Dresden. It is the oldest castle in Germany.

7. Sanssouci

This is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site located Potsdam near Berlin. It was a creation of Prussian King Frederick II from 1745 to 1747. The name "Sanssouci" is borrowed from French to mean 'without worries'.

Carry your camera with extra memory cards. There are so many sights to capture in the above German castles. Welcome to German.

By Kennedy Runo about Germany

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