A Guide to Munich Castles: 15 Amazing Castles

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Munich is a Bavarian city famous for Munich Castles. It is the capital city of Bavaria in Germany.

This city is home to several cathedrals, churches, museums, cafes, Bavarian cuisines, etc., and is just an ideal place for tourists. You will get to see the impression of Bavarian culture everywhere in this city.

15 Amazing Munich Castles

Munich Castles are the best example of Bavarian culture and are the most popular tourist attractions of Munich City. Here are some of the best Munich castles:

1. Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein castle
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Neuschwanstein Castle is the most popular and visited castle in the world. This fairy-tale castle has a charismatic appearance, like a Medieval fortress. This Munich castle is admired by its viewers and is worth visiting.

This castle was built by King Ludwig ii in the 19th century. It was opened to the public after the death of the king.

This Munich castle is inspired by the Romanesque revival. The castle’s interiors have mural artworks on walls, mosaic flooring, huge chandeliers, and beautiful portraits too.

The most splendid parts are the King’s bedroom and the colourful hall of the singers. Schloss Neuschwanstein is also famous as the Disney castle in Munich because Walt Disney used the design of this castle as an inspiration for its Disney castles.

This beautiful castle is located between the hills near Hohenschwangau village. You can reach Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich by first taking a regional train to Fussen, then a local bus to the foothills, and then hiking through the mountain to reach there.

Hike to the Marienbrucke to get the classic panoramic view of the castle. Entrance ticket is available at the ticket center.

2. Linderhof Castle

Linderhof Castle is one of the popular Munich castles. This castle is located near Oberammergau town, 100km southwest of Munich.

This Munich castle is the smallest of all the castles built by King Ludwig ii and the only one where the king stayed during construction. This Linderhof palace is a beautifully designed palace of that era inspired by French design.

The unique Linderhof Castle is surrounded by mountains and has a huge front spreading lawn divided into five sections. The front face of the building is Baroque, and the interiors are Rococo which are heavy textiles, embellishments, and opulent materials.

The Hall of The Mirrors, a kinda living room used for reading by the king, is a famous section of this Munich castle. The Moorish pavilion with a peacock throne in the front is also admired area.

Linderhof Castle is one of the few palaces which was finished and used by the king.

3. Nuremberg Castle

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Nuremberg Castle was built in the 12th century and transpires the importance and effect of the Holy Roman Empire at that place in the middle ages.

Nuremberg Castle is located in Nuremberg city which was famous for its criminal and military trials during world war ii. Almost all the German emperors stayed in this palace, so this was considered an essential imperial Munich castle.

This Nuremberg Castle is divided into 3 prominent sections that are Burgrave’s castle, the Imperial castle, and the buildings by the Imperial city. The most visited part of the palace is the Romanesque double chapel and the Well (the main source of water to the castle at that time).

You can reach Nuremberg city from Munich central station by train in an hour and then walk to the palace or take a taxi.

4. Prunn Castle

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Prunn Castle was built in the early 13th century in Gothic-style architecture. This beautiful castle is located 120 km north of Munich on a vertical outcrop above the Altmühl river valley with mesmerizing scenery around it.

This castle is nestled between the cliffs. The Prunn Castle was first possessed by Werner of Prunn, then by Adalbert of Prunn, and at last by Heer Von Laaber of Praiteneck.

This Royal castle still has the essence of the Medieval period. The Large hall on the ground floor has a similar Gothic style decoration of the 13th century.

White horses painted on the sides of the palace walls depicting the Teutonic Knights of Frauenberg are the highlight of this Munich castle.

5. Herrenchiemsee Castle

Schloss Herrenchiemsee Castle is located in Southern Bavaria, 60 km south of Munich. The beautiful Royal complex of the place is situated on an island in the center of Lake Chiemsee.

This castle was built by king Ludwig ii, its construction started in 1878. This was the most ambitious and expensive project of that time but remains incomplete. Only staterooms and a central staircase were built at that time and the king lived there for 9 days only.

King Ludwig was influenced by King Ludwig xiv, hence this Munich castle was the replication of the Palace of Versailles, and had collections of classic art pieces, porcelains, and famous paintings.

Phenomenal lush lawns inspired by Versailles are a must-visit, make sure to walk through the English and French-inspired lawns. This palace is maintained by the administration of Bavaria. The premises of the old palace is used as a residential area.

You can reach Priam Chiemsee by regional train from the central station, and walk to the harbour to get the ferry to reach the palace between the lake.

6. Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau castle
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Hohenschwangau Castle was built in the 19th century by king Maximilian ii, father of King Ludwig. This was the childhood living place of king Ludwig ii.

Hohenschwangau Castle is located in southern Germany near the Austrian border. This palace is near Neuschwanstein castle but gets less recognition than it deserves.

Schloss Hohenschwangau is standing on a rock offering captivating night views. Beautiful salons and ballrooms and the Swan fountain on the outside are the highlights of this Munich castle. You should must-visit this beautiful castle on your trip to Munich castles.

7. Burghausen Castle

Burghausen castle
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Burghausen Castle was built in the 11th century, inspired by Gothic-style architecture. Several lower Bavarian Dukes lived in this castle from 1255 to 1503 since it was a good military location.

This huge castle is located in east Munich, it has the longest castle complex as declared by the Guinness world record company.

This colossal castle has one central castle with one interior courtyard and five exterior courtyards. You will see mesmerizing views of the Salzach river from the viewing platform on the roof of this castle.

This palace is a perfect place for capturing such beautiful moments. You can reach here by taking a regional train to Markt Schwaben and then to Muhldorf.

8. Trausnitz Castle

Trausnitz Castle was constructed in 1204 by Duke Ludwig i. It is located in Landshut town, 74km northeast of Munich.

Trausnitz Castle was home to the Wittelsbach dynasty, which served as the residence for lower Bavaria from 1255 to 1503. The area of the palace remains the same since the period of Louis I of Bavaria but many modifications have been done till now.

The most popular places of the Trausnitz Castle are the Tower terrace or Soller, climb over these to get an admiring view of the town below. Others are the White hall ( the unfinished room), and Knights hall which is still used as banquets.

9. Residence Museum

Munich Residenz is stated as one of the most remarkable palace museums in Europe. This palace is opened to the public in 1920.

The palace is standing in Munich city and is a very accessible, convenient option for people or tourists in the city. It is also near Munich airport.

Visit this palace to experience and witness the changes in the princely forms yourself. This Munich castle was the seat of Bavarian kings and prince-electors in the early period. It has almost 130 official staterooms of all periods and apartments

Visit the treasury museum on the ground floor, and Cuvilliès theatre (theatre with authentic Rococo art). Combination tickets are available for the treasury and theatre.

Self-guided tours with audio guides for the museum and treasury are available to let you enjoy the palace in your own way.

10. Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg castle
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The beautiful Nymphenburg Palace is among the famous Munich castles. This marvellous baroque palace was the summer palace of the Bavarian kings and prince-electors during that era.

This palace has beautiful staterooms and a huge central festive hall decorated with frescos and stucco. The huge lawn area around the Schloss Nymphenburg is soothing. The palace has 4 more small castles hidden in the forest area which are a little gem in themselves. These are-

  • The Brandenburg– the bathing palace
  • The Pagodenburg– China-inspired palace
  • The Amalienburg– palace with silver interiors
  • Magdalenenklause– the secluded palace.

Visit the beautiful museums present here. Mainly Marstallmuseum is famous for golden fairy tale carriages or the Porcelain museum. You can take public transport to reach this Munich castle.

11. Blutenburg Castle

Schloss Blutenburg located on the outskirts of Munich is an amazing palace from the 15th century. This small castle has a wide water moat around it making it unique.

The palace has a gothic chapel and library from the 15th century but other interiors are changed. The small beer garden and annual Christmas market in the courtyard are good to see. This palace is a less famous Munich castle but worth visiting.

12. Salzburg Fortress

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Salzburg Fortress is situated in the city of Salzburg and is the most popular day trip from Munich. This Medieval fortress in the UNESCO World Heritage old town is the main tourist attraction of this city.

The Hohensalzburg Castle was the power seat of the mighty bishops of Salzburg in the late Medieval ages. Till the 17th century, this palace served its main military function and was expanded continuously.

Salzburg Fortress is one of the biggest castles in Europe and has beautiful Medieval state apartments. Prince’s chamber is a must-visit area in this fortress although it has an expensive ticket.

13. Regensburg Castle

Regensburg Castle is among Germany’s biggest castles, owned by the original family and is in use by the royal members to date. The princess Thurn and Taxis palace, old staterooms are open for tourists, private apartments have restricted entry.

The house of Thurn and Taxis held the responsibility of the German postal service for around 500 years and collected a huge amount of wealth during that period.

The Perpetual diet of the Holy Roman emperor sat in the Regensburg castle from 1663 to 1806. Later Principal Commissioner and the house of Thurn and Taxis run the office from 1741 to last 1806.

Hence, an imperial throne room inside the Thurn and Taxis palace is there. You can reach Regensburg via train from Munich, then walk to the castle.

14. Würzburg Residence

Lavish Würzburg Residence is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a massive decorated palace in Würzburg. Numerous frescos by Tiepolo (the Italian genius), staterooms, and Palace rooms are there.

The ceiling fresco of the main stair house is the largest in the world. Must visit the Emperor’s apartment to see the popular mirror cabinet. A beautiful chapel decorated with mesmerizing oil paintings is present in the courtyard of the palace.

This is a day trip from Munich. Take a fast express train from Munich central station and then a bus to reach here.

15. Alter Hof Castle

Alter Hof Castle is the only true castle in Munich. Bavarian Dukes lived in this old Medieval castle in the 16th century and then moved into the Residence Palace.

Most parts of this Alter Hof Castle were destructed in the 19th century, but the gothic west wing is still there. The palace was renovated in 2007.

Visit the little museum in the ancient gothic cellar and the Bavarian National museum.

The latter one has some exhibits from the old court, like the popular ancestor cycle of house Wittlelsbach from the 15th century.

Conclusion

Munich castles are the best examples of fairy tale castles. Must visit these beautiful castles on your trip to Munich.

You can opt for a guided tour or just explore these Bavarian castles at your own pace. Visit other castles in Germany or nearby areas and admire their beauty.

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  • Saba

    Saba is a wanderer from heart. She likes to explore new places, region, cultures, and cuisines too. Loves travelling and cooking, works in a company. Focuses on living a healthy lifestyle. She shares some of her experience.

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