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Festung Marienberg, Würzburg

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schwangau

The line of tourists waiting to get in sometimes stretches for half a mile. It’s best to visit Neuschwanstein in fall or winter when there’s fewer people, especially since there’s a bonus of fog which creates a surreal effect.

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Burg Prunn, Riedenburg

In the 16th century researchers discovered an ancient manuscript with the first Song of the Nibelungs inside the walls of this castle. That was probably the only involvement of the castle in the German literature. Today it hosts a museum and a special bonus for tourists – falconry.

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Schloss Neuburg, Neuburg an der Donau

Visitors are usually thankful to find themselves in this castle during the day, not at night. This is due to the large quantities of black ravens that settled here when Neuburg was destroyed. The birds liked the place so much that they didn’t leave after the reconstruction.

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Schloss Veitshöchheim, Würzburg

The enormous park around this castle looks exactly as it did several centuries ago, when Veitshöchheim served as a summer residence for bishops of Franconia. Decorated with fountains and sculptures, it is considered the most sumptuous rococo park in the world.

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Hohes Schloss, Füssen

Literally translated as “high castle”, it is situated in the highest point of the city. It’s decorated in trompe l’oeil style, meaning an optical illusion. The walls are painted with deceptively life-like windows, doors and pillars.

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Burg zu Burghausen, Burghausen

Stretching for over half a mile, this castle complex of the early Medieval Ages is considered the longest in Europe. As many castles do over the years, this one served as a duke’s residence, a fortress, a treasury and a prison at various points in time.

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Kloster Ettal, Ettal

Ettal is greatly favored by aesthetes – a baroque church and luxurious paintings and moldings see to that. But it’s also famous for a special liqueur, prepared with 40 herbs and beer according to an ancient recipe.

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Schloss Schleissheim, Munich

Fully destroyed during a war and later rebuilt, today it impresses visitors with interior decorations and unusual architecture. The landscape park with fountains, fanciful lawns and bright flowers is especially nice in the summer.

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Schloss Neunhof, Nürnberg

Built in the 15th century, this castle is a true landowner’s manor. There’s a splendid English garden, stables and green lawns. The garden is decorated with statues of gnomes, which currently are the only inhabitants of this place.

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Schloss Johannisburg, Aschaffenburg

Johannisburg is the second castle built in this place – the first one was destroyed in mid-16th century. The rooms still preserve the original neoclassic interiors, and the castle chapel still holds about 100 marble statues.

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Linderhof Schloss, Ettal

Ludwig II had an interesting hobby – building luxurious castles. Amusingly, only one of them, Linderhof, was finished before he died. It was designed to prevent servants and guests from disturbing the king’s solitude and largely incorporates the French experience with Versailles.

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Schloss Hohenschwangau, Hohenschwangau

This ancient castle was destroyed during the war with Napoleon and turned into romantic ruins for some period of time. Later, a new castle was built in its place and, unlike other stern constructions, painted a cheerful yellow. It fits perfectly with the surrounding green hills and valleys.

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Schloss Mespelbrunn, Mespelbrunn

This castle has a second name, Water Castle, because of its location. It stands in the middle of a pond, in which one can see fish moving around. Descendants of the initial owner still live here and offer guided tours, which make one feel like a guest rather than a tourist.

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Kaiserburg Castle, Nürnberg

Kaiserburg was destroyed during the bombings of 1945 and rebuilt in the second half of the 20th century, but the air of antiquity still remains within these walls. The best time to visit is December, when the Christmas market is active. People say that gingerbread cakes sold here are baked according to unique Nürnberg recipes.

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Festung Marienberg, Würzburg

The walls of Marienberg have witnessed many fascinating events – from peasant riots to battles of the Second World War. But in all its existence it was conquered only once, by the Swedish in 1631. A walk along its fortified walls is quite pleasant during a warm sunny day.

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