Castles are one of the many staples of European history. From notable landmarks like Edinburgh and Windsor Castles to the Alcazar of Toledo, there are numerous edifices that provide a gateway to the past, giving visitors a glimpse into a completely different place and time.
While the castles offer a rich history, some have been restored and others are still inhabited by families of the original founders. Each of Germany’s famous castles has a story as detailed as its ornate architecture.
For example, Schwerin Castle, built on an island in the main lake at Schwerin, is believed to date back to the 10th century and was once home to the grand dukes of Mecklenburg. Today, the castle serves as a museum and as a government building for the Mecklenburg-Vorpommen state parliament.
Another notable German castle includes the Burg Eltz. Located near the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, it was built in the 12th century and has been the ancestral home of the Rubenach, Rodendorf and Kempenich families. In addition to its medieval architecture, Burg Eltz Castle’s armory is filled with gold and silver artifacts as well as porcelain and jewelry considered to be the best in Europe.
Then, there is Neuschwanstein Castle, the most photographed building in Germany. Situated in the Bavarian Alps near the town of Fussen, this structure served as the inspiration behind the castle in Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty; it is pretty much the epitome of a fairy-tale castle. While the entire structure is nothing short of ornate, the third floor is devoted to its founder Ludwig II of Bavaria’s fascination with swan scenes from the composer Richard Wagner’s operas.
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