More than Neuschwanstein, part two – the best castles and palaces in southern Germany
No visit to Germany is complete without a visit to a Schloss – a word that covers everything from imposing medieval castles to glittering 17th century baroque palaces. Neuschwanstein Castle is the most celebrated of all of them, but here we give some alernative recommendations for the best that can easily be visited from Munich.
Bavarian castles are the most spectacular to be seen in all of Germany. From the huge selection Bavaria has to offer, we would choose Herrenchiemsee Palace, Linderhof Palace, and Nuremberg Castle. All are within a few hours travel time from Munich.
Herrenchiemsee Palace is a must-see for any visitor to Germany. This stunning building was constructed by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century. It is located on an island in Lake Chiemsee, just an hour south east of Munich. Its stunning setting makes it a truly unique visitor experience. The palace was modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France, and features many of the same design elements. Visitors can tour the palace interior and see the many opulent chambers that were designed for the king’s private experience. A highlight is the magnificent Great Hall of Mirrors, copied from Versailles but bigger. The palace also features beautiful landscaped gardens that are perfect for a leisurely stroll.
Equally impressive is Linderhof Palace, which also reflects King Ludwig’s eccentric personality and need to construct fairytale-like escapes from the world. Also constructed by King Ludwig II in the 19th century, this royal jewel in the Alps is the smallest of his three palaces, and the only one he lived to see completed.. The Schloss is known for its stunning gardens and its ornate interiors. The palace is also surrounded by beautiful gardens that are filled with fountains, statues, and other decorative elements. The palace is a true testament to the beauty of Bavarian neo-Baroque design and is a must-see for anyone visiting the region.
Finally, Nuremberg Castle offers a very different experience. This is a imposing medieval castle that has been standing since the 11th century. This impressive building is located in the heart of Nuremberg and is a testament to the city’s rich history as one of the key locations in medieval Germany. Visitors can tour the castle and its battlements. Highlights include the Knight’s Hall and the Imperial Apartments. The castle also features a beautiful courtyard that is perfect for a leisurely stroll. The castle is a true testament to the enduring power of medieval architecture and is a must-visit for anyone interested in history.
Germany is a country that is rich in history and architecture. Herrenchiemsee Palace, Linderhof Palace, and Nuremberg Castle are just a few examples of the many stunning royal and imperial edifices that can be found throughout the country. Whether your taste is in awe-inspiring medieval fortresses or more romantic decorative palaces, Germany is the home of the fairy tale castle.