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Knights and princesses - 6 most interesting Bavarian castles

Dreaming about fairy tales, prince, princesses, knights and their lives? How did they use to be? what were they like? And were did they live? Well, we thought that is time to talk a bit about the most interesting castles in Bavaria, a land where history and legends blend together in fairy tales.


Neuschwanstein Castle


You might have a feeling you know this castle from somewhere, right? You are not wrong! In 1950, charmed by its beauty, Walt Disney used Schloss Neuschwanstein as inspiration for creating the Cinderella castle, as well as Sleeping Beauty’s.


Build in 1869, by Ludovic II, it took over 20 years to be finished. Designed as a luxurious refugee, Neuschwanstein Castle is situated overlooking the Hohenschwangau Valley, in the middle of the Alps’ amazing luxuriant nature.




Today is probably one of the most iconic castles in the world, that place that makes everyone dream of magical fairytales. Its Romanesque style….


Did you know that the same castle is used by Disney in its logo? He loved it so much, that made it the image of all fairy tales.


Burghausen Castle


When talking about amazing Bavarian castles, one cannot miss Burghausen Castle, that holds a Guinness World Record. Can you guess for what? It is not for the scariest dungeons for sure. But if you said the largest castle in the world, you are right, as Burhghausen Castle measures more than one million meters.



Being one of the most impressive sights in Bavaria, this castle has such an incredible history to tell, existing since the 13th century. Can you imagine if the wall could talk what stories they could say about the knights, the princess, the dukes, the fights, the complots, the romances…and so many other. The exterior managed to remain almost in their original state, showcasing an impressive medieval style. On the other hand, the Art Nouveau interiors will amaze with their beauty.


Did you know that in this location there was already a castle before the Burghausen? Historians discovered that such a construction existed since the Bronze Age.


Johannisburg Castle


Can you imagine having this as a residence, with this amazing view of River Main? Johannisburg Castle was actually the private residence of Archbishop-Elector Johann Schweikard von Kronberg



Built in the 17th century on the place of a medieval castle, in the German Renaissance style, the castle was actually completed in the 18th century when the interiors were decorated in the Neoclassical style.

During World Word II it was heavily damaged, but luckily the collections inside managed top survive almost intact.


Did you know that the castle was opened to visitors only in the late 20th century,


Callenberg Castle


You might not figure out the style of Callenberg Castle, as its long history is reflected in the various styles composing it, as every era and generation of owners left its mark. Built in the 12th century it is an absolute splendor.


Located in Beiersdorf, in Coburg, the castle has been for been years the principal residence of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha who created the Ducal Order with the same name. However, though it belonged to the family in 1588, it became the property of the Dukes Saxe-Meiningen until 1825. It was only then that the Dukes of Callenberg became owners of the castle again.



The long generations of Dukes living here, left this place with a great treasures of art, furniture, porcelain, weaponry and so many others.


Did you know that the ‘Royal roses’ are one of the main attractions here? Their bloom in the summer is something you should not miss while visiting!


Mespelbrunn Castle


Built in the 15th Mespelbrunn Castle was initially a simple house, without fortifications, belonging to Hamann Echter, who was at that time the representative of the ruling prince.


In the following century, the place was transformed into a manor house. Its romantic look, surrounded by green forests, the castle attracts many painters, and art lovers. In reality the only thing that remained from the original 15th century building is the tower.



Made in red stone with stained glass windows, Mespelbrunn Castle is a a beautiful example of late Medieval and early Renaissance architectural design.


Did you know that the Counts of Ingelheim family still lives in one of the wings of the castle? But you have nothing to worry, as they keep the Mespelbrunn Castle open for visits.



Schleissheim Palace


What is very interesting about Schleissheim Palace is that it is actually a complex, made out of three buildings: the Old Palace, the Lustheim Palace and the New Palace. Its history starts with the first one - as you might have imagined was the Old Palace, which was built in the 14th century by William V, being a beautiful Renaissance country house.


A century later, Enrico Zuccalli built for Maximilian II Emanuel and his first wife, princess Maria Antonia, the Lustheim Palace. Situated on the circular island, the building is a beautiful Italian style garden villa, surrounded by a baroque garden.





The last one, as you guessed already was the New Palace, which was built in the 16th century in the baroque style. However, this was not finalized. Built the new residence for Max Emanuel as he was expecting the imperial crown, the construction was interrupted when he lost Bavaria in the War of the Spanish Succession.


Later on, Joseph Effner restarted the construction, making it one of the most impressive Baroque palaces, measuring more than 300 meters in length. Unfortunately, only the main wing was completely finished.

As the palaces were the summer residence of the Bavarian Rules of the House of Wittelsbach, all three of them have stunning interior designs, with amazing artworks, paintings, porcelain, and so many others.


Did you know that on the grounds there is a functional beer garden? So don’t forget to take some time to relax, while you are visiting



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