Medieval castles and fairy-tale villages in Germany

  • Medieval castles and fairy-tale villages
    Germany is packed with amazing castles, medieval routes and even famous fairy-tale locations you can not find in any other country in the world. Get out of the city, step back in time and experience something totally different.
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  • Sanssouci Palace An der Orangerie 1, 14469 Tue-Sun 10AM-6PM in Summer, 10AM-5PM in Winter

    Sanssouci Palace
    Sanssouci is Potsdams focal point and the biggest stunner in the area, specially the magnificent rococo palace is a magnet for tourists from all around the world. Read More
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  • Schloss Charlottenburg Spandauer Damm 10, 14059 Berlin Tue-Sun 10-18pm in summer & Tue-Sun 10-17pm in winter

    Schloss Charlottenburg
    The Schloss Charlottenburg is definitely one of the 10 most beautiful places to visit in Berlin. A walk in the manicured park of the Palace is must on good weathered days. Read More
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  • Schloss Neuschwanstein Neuschwansteinstr. 20, 87645 Schwangau April to 15 October: 9 am-6 pm | 16 October to March: 10 am

    Schloss Neuschwanstein
    One of the most visited castles in Germany and one of the most popular tourist sights in Europe the Schloss Neuschwanstein is a symbol of romantic architecture and the story of the life of Ludwig II. Read More
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  • historic Rheinsberg Rheinsberg

    historic Rheinsberg
    Rheinsberg, a delightful town hugging the shore of the Grienericksee, has much to offer to visitors: a charming Renaissance palace, walks in the lovely Schlosspark, plenty of boating & beautiful restaurants. Read More
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  • Burg Hohenzollern - picturesque fantasy Burg Hohenzollern, 72379 Burg Hohenzollern Nov 01 - March 15 10-16:30 / March 16 - Oct. 31 10-17:30

    Burg Hohenzollern - picturesque fantasy
    Located on the most beautiful mountain in Swabia, Burg Hohenzollern is a picturesque fantasy. The neo-Gothic style makes this castle one of Germany’s most remarkable castles. Read More
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  • Sigmaringen Castle Karl-Anton-Platz 8, 72488 Sigmaringen Daily…Nov 04-Mar 28: 10:00-16:00/Mar 23-Nov. 3: 9:00-17:00

    Sigmaringen Castle
    The largest castle in the Danube valley region, Sitting majestically on top of a cliff, overlooking the Town of Sigmaringen and the beautiful countryside surrounding the Danube river. Read More
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  • Lübeck – queen of hanseatic cities
    Lübeck, the Queen of all the Hanseatic cities, was founded in 1143 as 'the first western city on the Baltic coast'. Today, its appearance is still characterised by a nostalgic medieval ambiance. Read More
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  • Heidelberg Castle Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg Mar-Nov: 9:30-6:00, Dec-Feb: 10:00-5:00

    Heidelberg Castle
    One of Europe’s most famous landmarks, the Heidelburg Castle attracts around a million visitors from around the world each year. The castle ruins are marked as a symbol of romanticism. Read More
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  • Lorsch - The Carolingian city
    For centuries, Lorsch was a cultural, economic and political hub in Europe, the monastery was also a place of higher value for the preservation and transmision of ancient art and science. Read More
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  • Maulbronn – the abbey town Tourist-Info, Klosterhof 31, 75433 Maulbronn

    Maulbronn – the abbey town
    Maulbronn is a little town in the north western part of Baden-Württemberg. The area was settled already during the era of the Roman Empire, but it rose to celebrity during the 12th century due to its monastery. Read More
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  • The Wartburg in Eisenach – a piece of German history Auf der Wartburg 1, 99817 Eisenach Guides: Apr-Oct 8:30am-5pm Nov-Mar 9am-3:30pm

    The Wartburg in Eisenach – a piece of German history
    The Wartburg castle and its museum remember today their former, famous residents. Martin Luther translated the New Testament in the Wartburg castle. Since 1999 it's on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Read More
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  • Schwerin Castle and Park Lennestraße 1 Apr 15-Oct 14;10am-6pm Oct 15-Apr 14;10am-5pm Closed Mondays

    Schwerin Castle and Park
    The Schwerin castle was the residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg for many centuries & is one of the finest historicist architecture in Europe. A fairytale fortress & one of the most photographed attractions. Read More
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  • Eltz Castle – the castle on the banknote Burg-Eltz-Straße 1, 56294 Münstermaifeld Between early April and early Nov daily 9.30 am – 5.30 pm

    Eltz Castle – the castle on the banknote
    Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) is one of the most famous and most beautiful fortresses in Germany. Like Cinderella’s fairytale-castle it’s throning above the Eltz creek valley and attracts numerous visitors. Read More
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  • Castle Diez – just like a fairytale Schlossberg 8, 65582 Diez Outdoor area is always open; indoor according to aggreement

    Castle Diez – just like a fairytale
    The Earl's castle from the Late Middle Age is a castle built on a hill above Diez. Nowadays it's used as a youth hostel. Did you ever want to feel like a castle lord? Then this is the right place for you. Read More
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  • Linderhof Palace Linderhof 12, 82488 Ettal April-15 October: 9 am-6 pm, 16 October-March: 10 am-4 pm

    Linderhof Palace
    Linderhof Palace (Schloss Linderhof), in the upper Bavarian town of Ettal in southern Bavaria is a castle of the Bavarian King Ludwig II, which was completed in his lifetime. Read More
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  • Heidelberg - Epitome of a romantic city Tourist Info am Hauptbahnhof, Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 69115 Heidelberg

    Heidelberg - Epitome of a romantic city
    Heidelberg is a city you will fall in love with. The historic charm, the scenic location, castle ruins and character of the inner city makes it to the mecca for international day-tourists. Read More
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  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
    Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach, Middle Franconia. Until 1803 it was an imperial city and today, with its largely preserved medieval old town, a famous tourist attraction. Read More
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  • Würzburg Residence Palace Residenzplatz, 97070 Würzburg Summer 9 am - 6 pm, Winter 10 am - 4:30 pm

    Würzburg Residence Palace
    The Würzburg Residence Palance is a baroque building at the border of the Würzburg city center. Since 1981 the building and the residence square (Residenzplatz) are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Read More
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  • Karlsruhe Palace - center of the fan Schlossplatz, 76131 Karlsruhe Tu - Thu 10 am - 5 pm, Fr - Su 10 am - 6 pm

    Karlsruhe Palace - center of the fan
    Karlsruhe Palace, a baroque styled palace, was built in 1715 as the new residence of margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach. Up to 1918 it was the residence of the margraves and grand dukes of Baden. Read More
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  • Weesenstein Castle - romantic castle in Saxony Am Schloßberg 1, 01809 Müglitztal Ap-Oct 9:00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m. Nov-Mar 10:00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

    Weesenstein Castle - romantic castle in Saxony
    The romantic castle in Müglitztal combines outstanding way different architectural styles and rich evidence of its 800-year history. The exhibition on the history of the house and its former owner is open daily Read More
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  • Drachenburg castle - Bonn Drachenfelsstraße 118, 53639 Königswinter Summer April - Nov 12 - 18h, winter Nov - Mar 12-17h

    Drachenburg castle - Bonn
    Drachenburg Castle is a castle-like estate on the Drachenfels in Königswinter, whose foundation stone was laid in 1882. In 1986 Drachenburg Castle was declared cultural heritage Read More
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  • Moritzburg Castle Schloss Moritzburg 01468 Moritzburg 28 Mar-3 Nov Daily 10:00 a.m.-05:30 p.m.

    Moritzburg Castle
    Located in the middle of the Cultural Landscape of Moritzburg, about 15 km from Dresden, are the Baroque Moritzburg Castle which compound surrounded by a pond attracts thousands of visitors every year. Read More
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  • Anholt Castle - rare collections of art and history Schloß 4B, 46419 Isselburg winter Oct til April, summer may til sept

    Anholt Castle - rare collections of art and history
    First mentioned in the 12th century, the moated castle of Anholt in the western part of Münsterland is one of the region's few privately owned castles. Read More
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  • Aschersleben- oldest documented city in Saxon-Anhalt Edges of the Harz Mountain in Saxony-Anhalt Please check specific venues for visiting hours.

    Aschersleben- oldest documented city in Saxon-Anhalt
    Aschersleben is a historical centre that has impressive architectural styles of great historical value. This town has a 1250 year history and is a delight to see. Read More
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  • Cochem Castle - a place where history comes to life Schloßstraße 36, 56812 Cochem 9 am - 5 pm March-Nov; Winter months only Wed, Sat and Sun

    Cochem Castle - a place where history comes to life
    The Cochem castle is within the town of Cochem is characterized by winegrowing and tourism. In German this castle is called Reichsburg Cochem, and is a place where history comes to life. Read More
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  • Meersburg Fortress on Lake Constance Schlossplatz, 88709 Meersburg March - Oct 9 am - 06.30 pm; Nov - Feb 10 am - 06 pm

    Meersburg Fortress on Lake Constance
    40 meters above the lower town of Meersburg at the northern shore of Lake Constance, and roundabout 440 m above Sea Level you find the "Old Castle" of Meersburg which is the oldest inhabited castle of Germany. Read More
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  • Cologne Cathedral Margarethenkloster 5, 50667 Köln Nov-Apr 6am-7:30pm May-Oct 6am-9pm

    Cologne Cathedral
    The Cologne Cathedral is the third tallest church building in the world. Since 1996 the church is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. You have to enjoy this amazing view from the rooftop. Read More
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  • Passau – the city of three rivers Tourist-Information, Rathausplatz 3, 94032 Passau

    Passau – the city of three rivers
    The "City of Three Rivers", wonderful architecture, plenty of of nature places, museums and galleries of art, music, literature, theatre and cabaret. Fascinating for young and old! Read More
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  • Schwäbisch Hall-enchanting medieval town Tourist-Information, Am Markt 9, 74523

    Schwäbisch Hall-enchanting medieval town
    Schwäbisch Hall is a medieval town with one of the most beautiful market squares in Germany which is very alluring to discover for visitors. Schwäbisch Hall is colourful – peacefully – cosmopolitan. Read More
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  • Nuremberg - a city rich of history Tourist-Information, Königstr. 93, 90443

    Nuremberg - a city rich of history
    Wonderful city in Bavaria, which is the second-largest in Bavaria and secretly the inofficial capital of Franconia. This city has a lot to offer and draws visitors all year round! Read More
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  • Coburg – Europe city with a long history Tourist-Information, Herrngasse 4, 96450 Coburg

    Coburg – Europe city with a long history
    Coburg – the Europe city – has one of the largest castles in Germany, the 'Veste Coburg'. In total there are 20 old and very fascinating bridges over the river 'Itz' in the city, visitors can cross and admire. Read More
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  • Dinkelsbühl - astonishing city Tourist-Information, Altrathausplatz 14, 91550 Dinkelsbühl

    Dinkelsbühl - astonishing city
    Astonishing city, plenty of towers and completely preserved city wall and beautiful landscape. Dinkelsbühl is a very fascinating town, where a lot of historical things can be discovered. Read More
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  • Jüterbog - 1000 years of history and not a tiny bit old Mönchenkirchplatz 4, 14913 Jüterbog

    Jüterbog - 1000 years of history and not a tiny bit old
    The beautiful 1000 year old city Jüterbog in Brandenburg with it´s charming historic center, towers and gates offers attractions for everyone such as longest blading track in Europe, the Flaeming - Skate. Read More
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  • Cottbus - 850 years of history Berliner Platz 6, 03046 Cottbus

    Cottbus - 850 years of history
    Discover a wonderful city with a history of 850 years. Cottbus is a fascinating and beautiful historic town, especially for all nature and green park-lovers. Read More
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  • Castle Steinau – the Brothers Grimm Memorial Im Schloss 1, 36396 Steinau an der Straße Jan/Febr closed, March-Nov 10 am-5 pm, closed on Mondays

    Castle Steinau – the Brothers Grimm Memorial
    The Castle Steinau (start of construction 1525), is the largest, earliest and best preserved palace complex of the early Renaissance in Hesse (Germany) and location of the famous Brothers Grimm Memorial. Read More
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  • Auerbach Castle Außerhalb 2, 64665 Bensheim-Auerbach

    Auerbach Castle
    Auerbach castle is an old historic monument and a listed building, surrounded by a vast forest and lot of nature that offer breathtaking views. It is one of the most powerful and biggest castles in Hesse. Read More
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  • Tangermünde Markt 2 39590 Tangermünde

    Tangermünde
    If you are looking for the perfect little town from the middle ages outfitted with a town wall, castle, medieval church, picturesque market square, and beautiful views look no further than Tangermünde. Read More
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  • Friedrichstadt - dutch Renaissance city Tourist-Information, Am Markt 9, 25840 Friedrichstadt

    Friedrichstadt - dutch Renaissance city
    Explore the beautiful and unique Dutch Renaissance architecture here in Friedrichstadt, sometimes known as "Little Amsterdam." With its Dutch-style homes and canals, you may forget which country you're in! Read More
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  • Greiz - Pearl of the Vogtland Burgplatz 12 Unteres Schloss 07973

    Greiz - Pearl of the Vogtland
    Nicknamed the "Pearl of the Vogtland", Greiz is a fairy-tale city with a rich collection of architecture from many different styles and time periods. The architecture alone tells a story of the city's history. Read More
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  • Erfurt – the Thuringian Rome Tourist-Information, Benediktsplatz 1, 99084

    Erfurt – the Thuringian Rome
    Dating back 1,250 years, Erfurt is one of the most architecturally beautiful cities in Germany. Go on a city tour and experience the idyllic, well-preserved old town that makes Erfurt so special. Read More
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  • Saalburg Roman Fort Archäologischer Park, Saalburg 1, 61350 March-Oct 9 am-6 pm, Nov-Febr 9 am-4 pm (except Mon)

    Saalburg Roman Fort
    The Saalburg Roman Fort (Römerkastell Saalburg) in Bad Homburg is a former fort of the Roman limes and an interesting excursion destination. Visitors can experience how the Roman soldiers stationed there lived. Read More
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  • Xanten-the Roman city on the lower Rhine Tourist-Information, Kurfürstenstr. 9, 46509 Xanten

    Xanten-the Roman city on the lower Rhine
    Xanten is an old city located in the Lower Rhine area, not far away from the border between Germany and the Netherlands. The city can reflect upon more than 2,000 years of history. Read More
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  • Monschau - historic town in the Eifel Tourist-Information, Stadtstraße 16, 52156 Monschau

    Monschau - historic town in the Eifel
    Monschau is a small town in the midst of the Eifel area, not far away from the belgian-german border. It's located in the nature park High Fens – Eifel and its city center is really a feast for the eyes! Read More
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  • Lemgo – City in the heart of the Lippe region Tourist-Information, Kramerstraße 1, 32657 Lemgo

    Lemgo – City in the heart of the Lippe region
    Lemgo is a nice medieval city in the north-west of Germany, in the "Ostwestfalen-Lippe" region. Its historical buildings and churches belong to the most beautiful ones all over Germany. Read More
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  • Burg Castle Solingen Schlossplatz 2, 42659 Different opening hours – see below

    Burg Castle Solingen
    Burg Castle is one of the parent castles of the dukes and counts of Berg, and it's the largest reconstructed castle complex in North Rhine-Westphalia. It's located in the Solingen district Burg an der Wupper. Read More
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  • Hohentwiel - imposing fortress ruins Auf dem Hohentwiel 2a, 78224 Singen Variable opening hours (see website)

    Hohentwiel - imposing fortress ruins
    The fortress, whose ruins lie on top of Hohentwiel, was built in 914 using stone taken from the mountain itself which is an extincted volcano. It's the largest castle ruin in Germany. Read More
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  • Attendorn – old Hanseatic City in the Sauerland Tourist-Information, Kölner Straße 12, 57439 Attendorn

    Attendorn – old Hanseatic City in the Sauerland
    Attendorn is a town located in southern Sauerland in the southeast region of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its city center is full of enchanting historic buildings with beautiful timber frames. Read More
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  • Lichtenstein Castle – fairy tales come true Schloss Lichtenstein, 72805 Lichtenstein Different opening hours – see above

    Lichtenstein Castle – fairy tales come true
    It looks a bit like Cinderella's Castle in the Disney Theme parks: Lichtenstein Castle in the southwest of Germany. Not for nothing it's called the "Fairy Tale Castle". Read More
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  • Montabaur - beautiful city in Westerwald Tourist-Information, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 8, 56410 Montabaur

    Montabaur - beautiful city in Westerwald
    The city of Montabaur is located at the southern border of the "Westerwald" in northern Rhineland-Palatinate. The castle of Montabaur is well-known beyond the borders of the region. Read More
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  • Freudenstadt – heart of the Black Forest Tourist-Information, Marktplatz 64, 72250 Freudenstadt

    Freudenstadt – heart of the Black Forest
    Freudenstadt, located in the center of the northern Black Forest in the southwestern corner of Germany, is one of the sunniest cities in Germany. It shows the largest market square all over Germany. Read More
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  • Wertheim–romantic town in Tauber Valley Tourist-Information, Gerbergasse 16, 97877 Wertheim

    Wertheim–romantic town in Tauber Valley
    Wertheim is a small town in the southwest of Germany, at the northern border between Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria. The town is locatet at the mouth of the river Tauber into the river Main. Read More
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  • Mühlhausen – the city of gates and churche Tourist-Information, Ratsstraße 20, 99974 Mühlhausen

    Mühlhausen – the city of gates and churche
    Mühlhausen in Thuringia – the city of gates and churches – is showing 56 steeples and towers in its almost complete town fortification from the Mid Ages, furthermore eleven churches from the medieval eras. Read More
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  • Bautzen, the centre of the Upper Lusatia Tourist-Information, Hauptmarkt 1, 02625 Bautzen

    Bautzen, the centre of the Upper Lusatia
    Bautzen is a midsize town in eastern Saxony. It's called the "city of towers", as there are many towers. Bautzen is the political and cultural center of the Sorbs, a Slavic minority group in Germany. Read More
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  • Freiburg im Breisgau – sunniest city Tourist-Information, Rathausplatz 2 - 4, 79098 Freiburg

    Freiburg im Breisgau – sunniest city
    Freiburg is located in the southwest region of Germany, and not only is Freiburg the warmest and sunniest city in Germany - the entire area is one of the wamest. Read More
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  • Goslar - Imperial City with long history Tourist-Information, Markt 7, 38640 Goslar

    Goslar - Imperial City with long history
    Goslar is located in the north-western foothills of the Harz in Lower Saxony. It looks back onto a long history as it was an imperial city for nearly 250 years during the mid ages. Read More
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  • Bad Münstereifel - medieval gem Tourist-Information, Kölner Straße 13, 53902 Bad Münstereifel

    Bad Münstereifel - medieval gem
    Bad Münstereifel is a small town in the southmost part of North Rhine-Westphalia. Nearly the entire town fortification is completely intact, and beautiful half-timbered houses can be discovered here. Read More
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  • Trier - old town with Roman history Tourist-Information, An der Porta Nigra, 54290 Trier

    Trier - old town with Roman history
    Trier was founded more than 2,000 years ago with the name "Augusta Treverorum" and is one of Germany's oldest cities - if not the oldest one at all. Many buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Read More
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  • Blankenheim Tourist-Information, Ahrstraße 55-57, 53945 Blankenheim

    Blankenheim
    Blankenheim is not only a nice medieval town in the Ahr valley - Blankenheim is also an ideal starting point for excursions in the Eifel, whether in summer or in winter. Read More
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  • Trausnitz Castle Burg Trausnitz 168, 84036 Landshut Apr-Sept 9 am - 6 pm; Oct-Mar 10 am - 4 pm

    Trausnitz Castle
    Trausnitz Castle is located on a high plateau above the city of Landshut in Bavaria, approximately 500 meters above sea level. Established around 1150, it was the residence of the dukes of Bavaria-Landshut. Read More
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  • Schloss Johannisburg - the Bavarian Nice Schlossplatz 4, 63739 Aschaffenburg Apr-Sept: 9am-6pm; Oct-Mar: 10am-4pm, closed on mondays

    Schloss Johannisburg - the Bavarian Nice
    Architecture lovers will absolutely enjoy this most beautiful Renaissance palace "Schloss Johannisburg", with it´s sandstone walls and wonderful mediterranean gardens around it. Read More
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  • Altena castle - worlds first hostel Fritz-Thomee-Straße 80, 58762 Altena Tue-Fr 9.30-17h, Sa-So 11-18h, times vary on public holidays

    Altena castle - worlds first hostel
    In the West of Germany, you will find one of the most historical sights. This castle is not only something from the past it put milestone for the future. These walls are telling stories you have to discover. Read More
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  • Wewelsburg – the triangular castle Burgwall 19, 33142 Monday closed, Thu-Fri 10-17h, Sat-Sun 10-18h

    Wewelsburg  – the triangular castle
    The Wewelsburg is a Renaissance castle with a triangular layout – three round towers connected by massive walls. The castle (built from 1603 to 1609) can look back on an eventful history. Read More
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  • Ahrensburg castle Lübecker Straße 1, 22926 Ahrensburg opening hours are vary, please check website

    Ahrensburg castle
    The bright-white Renaissance castle northeast of Hamburg in Stormarn is on one of a moated island. It offers a lot of activities for the whole family. Explore its beauty in conjunction to its history. Read More
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  • Villa Ludwigshöhe – German Wine Route Villastraße 64, 67480 Variable opening hours – please see website

    Villa Ludwigshöhe – German Wine Route
    Villa Ludwigshöhe near Edenkoben, Palatine is a former summer residence of Ludwig I of Bavaria (king of Bavaria from 1825 until 1848) and one of the highlights of the German Wine Route. Read More
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  • Bentheim castle Schloßstraße, 48455 all year, open from 10am till 6pm (last admission 5pm)

    Bentheim castle
    Germany is a mecca for historic castles and fortresses and Bentheim castle is the perfect place for those who love varied long history mixed with legends and fairy-tales. Read More
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  • Rheinfels castle Schlossberg, 56329 March - Oct 9am till 18pm; Oct till Nov 9am till 17pm

    Rheinfels castle
    Along the romantic river and next to the most fabled spot the Loreley is the Rheinfels castle probably the most famous spots in the region. Read More
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