The Local's guide to German castles
Divided into sometimes friendly, sometimes warring, and often-wealthy kingdoms, principalities, bishoprics and other little lands for centuries, perhaps nowhere else on Earth had the conditions to produce quite the variety of castles as Germany - by turns glorious, forbidding and fantastical.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria
Nestled into the alpine foothills near lakes Schwansee and Alpsee, Neuschwanstein Castle is probably Germany’s most famous. Located near Füssen in southwestern Bavaria, the sparkling white fairytale fortress, built by mad King Ludwig II, inspired the castle of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The “Swan King“ began construction in 1869, but experienced no happy-ever-after – before the castle was finished, Ludwig’s drowned body was found in the nearby lake.