From the unmistakeable Neuschwanstein to the colossal Burghausen, Musement takes a look at eight of the most incredible castles in Bavaria.
From the Loire Valley to Scotland to everywhere in between, Europe’s landscapes are peppered with incredible castles—and Bavaria, home to Munich, is no exception. The storybook vibes of this land-locked region of Germany are further enhanced by castle-studded landscapes. Here’s a look at eight of the most incredible castles in Bavaria.
1. Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle never fails to fascinate. The scenery surrounding Bavaria’s most emblematic castle brings back childhood memories of watching Disney movies. It’s not for nothing when they say that this castle inspired Walt Disney for Sleeping Beauty. Located only 62 miles from Munich, this fortress makes fora perfect day trip.
2. Hohenschwangau Castle
Not far from Neuschwanstein—1.2 miles to be exact—is Hohenschwangau Castle. Although not as famous, it’s just as impressive. Maximillian II of Bavaria, who lived in the castle as a teenager, commissioned the reconstruction of this neo-Gothic fortress. After his death, he passed it on to his son, Ludwig, who eventually commissioned the construction of the neighboring Neuschwanstein Castle.
3. Veste Coburg
Veste Coburg, the Coburg Fortress, or the Franconian Crown are three names that refer to another one of Bavaria’s majestic castles. Within its robust and well-preserved walls, you can visit interesting collections of Venetian glass, historical weapons and carriages, among other things. If that’s not enough, its hilltop location offers incredible views.
4. Linderhof Castle
Linderhof Castle is one of the three castles commissioned by Ludwig II, a trio of fortresses known as the Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Linderhof Castle, though, is the only one that the Mad King saw completed. Surrounded by trees and gardens, the palace’s exterior (facade, gardens, and terraces) is Baroque while the interior is Rococo. The rooms dazzle—don’t miss the Hall of Mirrors and the Audience Chamber.
5. Burghausen Castle
Burghausen Castle is the world’s biggest, and a title corroborated by the Guinness Book of World Records. In addition, it’s also one of the oldest, dating back to the Bronze Age. Located on the border between Germany and Austria between Lake Wöhrsee and the Salzach River, the castle dominates a hilltop territory that offers spectacular panoramic views. With a beautiful Art Nouveau interior and stunning patios, architectural gems include the Powder Tower and the Torture Tower.
6. Herrenchiemsee Palace
Ludwig II commissioned Herrenchiemsee Palace, which sits on its namesake Lake Chiemsee island, at the end of the 19th century. Together with Linderhof and Neuschwanstein, Herrenchiemsee completes the Castles of Mad King Ludwig trio. Although the idea was to replicate the Palace of Versailles, a lack of money prompted a change of plan during construction. Despite this, the rooms are still impressive—the Hall of Mirrors and the gardens surrounding the fortress are a delight.
7. Trausnitz Castle
Located in Landshut, the Trausnitz Castle was one of the ducal residences of the Wittelsbach dynasty between the 13th and 16th centuries. Between the 18th and19th centuries, the compound served as a prison, barracks and even a military hospital. The preserved 13th-century parts include the turrets, chapel and some walls. Decades later, the fortress was reconstructed, creating a large complex that, today, includes a museum with around 750 exhibits.
8. Nymphenburg Palace
Located in the middle of the city of Munich, Nymphenburg Palace is almost a required stop in the Bavarian capital. The fortress was constructed in 1664 as a summer residence for the Wittelsbach dynasty. This Baroque castle still preserves its original facade as well as its original furniture and interior décor. Following reconstruction, it currently exhibits an interesting mix of styles including rococo and neoclassical. Aside from the magnificent rooms, don’t miss the gardens or the Carriage Museum.