Best castles near Munich

Castles near Munich-Neuschwanstein-Castle

If you want to see some fairytale castles whilst you’re visiting Munich, you’re in luck! Not only does Munich contain the castle that inspired Walt Disney but it also has the longest castle in the world. Discover the history of the monarchs of Bavaria as you admire the fairytale castles, the Medieval fortresses, and all the Royal treasures each castle contains.

The best 12 castles to visit near Munich

1. Hohenschwangau Castle

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This quintessential fairytale castle perched high on the cliffs with lake Alpsee below was the childhood home of King Ludwig II built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria from the ruins of an older 12th-century castle that housed the knights of Schwangau. Though not quite as stunning as its sister castle, Schloss Neuschwanstein, a guided tour is still worthwhile to see the Royal apartments that King Ludwig II redesigned, the kitchen, and the gardens.

Where: Schwangau
When:
19th century
Style:
Gothic Revival
Open for visit:
Yes, open 9 am-6 pm 1st April – 15th October and 10 am-4 pm 16th October – 31st March.  Closed 24th December and 1st January.

2. Neuschwanstein Castle

Castles near Munich-Neuschwanstein-Castle

The more impressive sister castle of  Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein was built by King Ludwig II in honour of the composer Richard Wagner and used as a personal retreat by the shy ‘fairytale king’. It is an impressive castle with turrets built on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau and is one of the most visited castles in Germany.

A guided tour allows you to see the private apartments and staterooms, highlights including the Throne Hall and Singer’s Hall. If you’re thinking it looks like the Walk Disney castle you’re correct – Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for the Magic Kingdom!

Where: Schwangau
When:
19th century
Style:
Romanesque Revival
Open for visit:
Yes open 9 am-6 pm 1st April – 15th October and 10 am-4 pm 16th October – 31st March. Closed 24th – 26th December and 1st January.

3. Linderhof Palace

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Another Bavarian Royal Castle built by King Ludwig II, Linderhof is the smallest of three and the only one which the King saw finished. The luxurious villa is built in the style of the 18th century French Summer Palaces whilst the park borrows its style from the Orient as well as from scenes from Wagner’s operas of which the King was a huge fan. Admire the Baroque exterior before heading inside on a guided tour to see the Rococo splendour at this miniature German Versailles.

Where: Ettal
When:
19th century
Style:
Baroque
Open for visit:
Yes. Open 9am-6pm 1st April – 15th October and 10am-4.30pm 16th October – 31st March. Closed 24th, 25th, 31st December, 1st January and Shrove Tuesday.

4. Lustheim Palace

Castles near Munich-Lustheim-Palace

An Italian style garden villa built by Elector Max Emanuel (who later became King Maximilian II) for use as a hunting and pleasure palace, Lustheim Palace is part of the larger Schleißheim palace complex and has a baroque pleasure garden with canal system. The palace interior today contains a museum with a large collection of Meissen porcelain along with the original frescos and paintings, the ceiling fresco in the Great Hall once being the largest in the world.

Where: Oberschleißheim
When:
17th century
Style:
Baroque
Open for visit:
Yes. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9 am-6 pm April to September and Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm October to March. Closed 24th, 25th, 31st, December, 1st January and Shrove Tuesday.

5. Nymphenburg Palace

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The main Summer palace of the former Bavarian Electors and Kings of the House of Wittelsbach, this castle (otherwise known as ‘The Castle of the Nymph’) is one of the largest Royal Palaces in Europe. The birthplace of Max Emanuel who became King Maximilian II, the palace was designed in the French style and has magnificent gardens with a canal on which visitors can enjoy a gondola ride during the Summer months.

Where: Munich
When:
17th-19th century
Style:
Baroque
Open for visit:
Yes. Open 9 am-6 pm 1st April – 15th October and 10 am-4 pm 16th October – 31st.  Closed 24th, 25th, 31st, December, 1st January and Shrove Tuesday.

6. Amalienburg

Famous Castles near Munich-Amalienburg

Not to be confused with Amalienborg Palace which is in Copenhagen, Denmark, the German Amalienburg near Munich is the ornate hunting lodge and small pleasure palace (aka pleasure pavilion) located in the grounds of Nymphenburg Palace. From the exterior, the palace looks rather simple, but inside you’ll be astounded by the rich décor, the round Hall of Mirrors in the Bavarian colours of silver and blue sure to make your jaw drop!

Where: Munich
When:
18th century
Style:
Rococo
Open for visit:
Yes open daily 9 am-6 pm 1st April – 15th October. Closed 16th October-31st March.

7. Badenburg

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The ‘House of Baths’ is another palace pavilion located within the larger Nymphenburg Palace complex, this 2 storey building housing the first heated indoor baths, large enough to swim in. Above the basement baths, there is a banqueting hall and private chambers decorated with oriental wallpaper along with ceiling frescoes and stunning stucco work.

Where: Munich
When:
18th century
Style:
Baroque
Open for visit:
Yes open daily 9 am-6 pm 1st April – 15th October. Closed 16th October-31st March.

8. Munich Residenz

Best castles near Munich-Munich Residenz

The largest city palace in Germany, the Munich Residenz is the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria and the former seat of government. Originally a small castle with moat, the castle was developed over the centuries however, much of the palace was destroyed during the bombings of WWII so what you see today has been mostly reconstructed, the palace now housing the residence museum and treasury where you can see the furniture, tapestries, paintings, religious items, and other treasures on display.

Where: Munich
When:
14th-20th century
Style:
Renaissance
Open for visit:
Yes, open 9 am-6 pm 1st April-20th October and 10 am-5 pm 21st October-31st March. Closed 24th, 25th, 31st, December, 1st January and Shrove Tuesday.

9. Blutenburg Castle

Famous Castles near Munich-Blutenburg-Castle

This moated castle with its picturesque towers was used as a hunting castle by Duke Albrecht III and due to its riverside location with 2 ponds, makes you feel as if you’re on an island rather than the banks of the River Würm. A palace chapel is included on the site, a simple building from the outside but containing Gothic masterpieces inside.

Where: Munich
When:
15th century
Style:
Gothic
Open for visit:
Chapel only; 9 am-5 pm April-September and 10 am-4 pm October-March.

10. Herrenchiemsee New Palace

Castles near Munich-Herrenchiemsee-New-Palace

Located on the largest island of Lake Chiemsee, Herrenchiemsee is made up of a complex of royal buildings that King Ludwig II intended to be a copy of Versailles to honour Louis XIV of France, however, King Ludwig II died before completion of his grand plan and subsequently the palace and gardens were never completed with some parts demolished.

Guided tours of the New Palace are available, highlights including the Great Hall of Mirrors, the State Bedroom, and the State Staircase and there’s also the King Ludwig II Museum to help you understand more about this shy ‘fairytale King’.

Where: Herrenchiemsee
When:
19th century
Style:
Baroque
Open for visit:
Yes, Open daily 9 am-6 pm 31st March-27th October and 9.40 am-4.15 pm 28th October-30th March. Closed 24th, 25th, 31st, December, 1st January and Shrove Tuesday.

11. Trausnitz Castle

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The residence of the Wittelsbach dynasty, Trausnitz Castle was built by Duke Ludwig I and became the seat of the hereditary rulers of all of Bavaria. Take a guided tour to see the medieval Old Knight’s Hall, the castle chapel, the Fool’s Staircase, and admire the view overlooking the village from the Tower Terrace before visiting the on-site museum (the Chamber of Art and Curiosities) that contains 750 exhibits from the Bavarian rulers.

Where: Landshut
When:
16th century
Style:
Medieval
Open for visit:
Yes. Open 9 am-6 pm 1st April-6th October and 10 am-4 pm 7th October-31st March. Closed 24th, 25th, 31st, December, 1st January and Shrove Tuesday.

12. Burghausen Castle

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The longest castle complex in the world, measuring in at 1,051.02 meters (3,448 feet 2 inches) long, Burghausen Castle is also unique in that it retains almost all of its medieval fortifications. Located above the town of the same name between the River Salzach and Lake Wöhrsee, the castle has an inner courtyard and 5 outer courtyards with chapel, apartments, and castle museum with an art gallery located in the private rooms of the Great Hall all open to the public.

Where: Burghausen
When:
11th- 16th century
Style:
Gothic
Open for visit:
Yes, Open 9 am-6 pm April-September and 10 am-4 pm October-March. Closed 24th, 25th, 31st, December, 1st January and Shrove Tuesday.

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