The Best Castles Near Stuttgart

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When you think of German cities, you likely imagine the bright lights and grandeur of cities like Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt, yet, there are also a plethora of smaller, and equally charming cities, such as Stuttgart. Situated in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Stuttgart is a small but enchanting metropolis that is perched upon the Neckar river and offers visitors a rich and exciting history. But, like many cities in Europe, step beyond the hustle and bustle of the center, and you can discover a completely different side to the city, in the form of an abundance of historic castles. This list will highlight the best castles near to Stuttgart, their key points of interest, as well as practical information, such as opening and closing times, and location.

12 Castles you should visit near Stuttgart

1. Naturkundemuseum Stuttgart, Schloss Rosenstein

Though not a castle, one of the best things to do in Stuttgart is to visit its Naturkundemuseum, or otherwise known as The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, which has a wonderful display of state-owned natural history collections. Parts of the exhibit were largely destroyed during the Second World War, but luckily, many were kept in-tact, after having been sourced out. There are two buildings that house the exhibitions, which are located in the Rosenstein Park; the palaeontology and geology exhibits are houses in the beautiful Lowentor Museum, whilst the biology and natural history displays are houses in the gorgeous Rosenstein Palace.

Where: Stuttgart, Germany

When: 19th century

Style: Baroque

Open for visit: 9:00am – 17:00pm

2. Castle Solitude

Built in the grand and charming Rococo architectural style, the beautifully named Castle Solitude was originally constructed as a hunting retreat, by the decree of Charles Eugene, who was the Duke of Wurttemberg. The castle was constructed between the years 1764 and 1769, and was designed by the architects Johann Friedrich Weyhing and Philippe de La Guepiere; the castle is nestled between Stuttgart, and the town Leonberg, which is in the Gerlingen region of Germany. The outside of the castle is in the Rococo style, but the inside is entirely different and is built in the style of classicism, and each room is incredibly designed.

Where: Weilimdorf, Germany

When: 18th century

Style: Rococo and Classicist

Open for visit: 10:00am – 16:00pm

3. Neues Schloss Stuttgart

The Neues Schloss in Stuttgart, or otherwise known as The New Palace, is a stunning example of 18th-century Baroque architecture, and it is one of the last remaining city palaces in the south of Germany. The palace was once a historic residence for the Kings of Wurttemberg, and its name stems from its commissioning by the Duke Carl Eugen of Wurttemberg, who replaced an earlier existing castle with the new palace. The castle is right in the city center of Stuttgart, and it is a very popular tourist destination; visitors are entirely captivated by the Schloss’s grand and impressive presence and the layers of history that are present at the site.

Where: Stuttgart, Germany

When: 18th century

Style: Baroque

Open for visit: 9:00am – 18:00pm

4. Schloss Neuenbürg

Schloss Neuenburg, or otherwise known as Neuenburg Castle, is perfect upon a hilltop, that overlooks the scenic Germany town of Freyburg, which is in the Saxony-Anhalt region of the country, and only a short distance away from Stuttgart, making it the perfect place to go for a day trip. The castle was first constructed in approximately the year 1090, and was built by the Thuringian count, Ludwig der Springer, with the purpose of securing his territory in the east. Later in the castle’s life, between the years 1656 and 1746, the its primary function was that of a secondary residence for the Duchy of Saxe-Weissenfels. Today, the castle is open to the public.

Where: Freyburg, Germany

When: 1090

Style: Renaissance

Open for visit: 10:00am – 17:00pm

5. Monrepos Lakeside Palace

Monrepos Palace is a stunning lakeside schloss, that is located in the town of Ludwigsburg in Germany. The palace is part of a larger estate and complex of palaces, including Favorite Palace and Ludwigsburg Palace, and it is connected by pedestrian footpaths, that wind through the gorgeous green space. Though one of the smaller, and more minor palaces on the complex, it is nonetheless an important part of its overall history and heritage. It is still owned today by the royal family of Wurttemberg, after it was overthrown in 1918. Since the 16th century, the lake by the palace has been a hunting spot popular with the Dukes of Wurttemberg.

Where: Ludwigsburg, Germany

When: 16th century

Style: Baroque

Open for visit: 10:00am – 17:00pm

6. Schloss Favorite, Ludwigsburg

Schloss Favorite is part of the same estate and complex as the previously discussed Monrepos Palace. It is a beautiful Baroque maison de plaisance, and a hunting lodge, located in the town of Ludwigsburg in Germany. Schloss Favorite was constructed between the years 1717 and 1723, and was built for the Duke of Wurttemberg, Eberhard Ludwig, and was designed by the architect, Donato Giuseppe Frisoni. Later, in the year 1806, the park that the palace is located in was converted into a menagerie by King Frederick I of Wurttemberg, and the house was used as a hunting lodge. However, in the 20th century, the palace fell into decline and was not opened to the public until 1983.

Where: Ludwigsburg, Germany

When: 18th century

Style: Neoclassical

Open for visit: 10:00am – 17:00pm

7. Schloss Berneck

Schloss Berneck, or otherwise sometimes known as The Altes Schloss, or ‘Old Castle’ in English, is located in Bad Berneck in the south of Germany; it is a ruined castle, that is built in the Gothic architectural style, and was constructed during the end of the High Middle Ages. The castle is beautifully perched upon the Schlossberg of Bad Berneck, or the Castle Hill of Bad Berneck, and is in the Upper Franconian district of Bayreuth in Bavaria. Many visitors are attracted to this site, as both the history of the castle is fascinating, its geographical location is incredibly scenic and photogenic, and it is close to a lovely spa park called Kurpark.

Where: Bad Berneck, Germany

When: 14th century

Style: Medieval

Open for visit: Always open to the public

8. Waldeck Castle

Situated nearby to the village of Doweiler in the Rhein-Hunsruck-Kreis district in the Rhineland-Palatinate, lies the stunning and historical Waldeck Castle. The castle towers above the Baybach valley, and the original castle was built in the year 1150 by William I of Heinzenberg. The castle has a long and extensive history that has fascinated visitors for centuries; it was partially destroyed in the year 1689 by the French, during the Nine Years’ War, which is also known as the War of the Palatine Succession. The castle was actively used until the year 1833 until the family of Boos von Waldeck sold it to the Rhineland.

Where: Doweiler, Germany

When: 1150

Style: Medieval

Open for visit: 10:00am – 16:00pm

9. Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Versailles of Swabia’, Ludwigsburg Residential Palace is an enormous palace in Ludwigsburg, in the Baden-Wurttemberg region of Germany. It has a total of 452 rooms across 18 buildings, in a huge palace complex, as well as having the largest palatial estate in the entire country. Work began on the palace in the year 1704, where Eberhard Louis, who was the Duke of Wurttemberg, decreed the construction, with the architect Philip Joseph Jenisch to be in charge. The palace combines an array of different architectural styles, both with its interiors and exteriors, including Baroque, Neoclassical, Rococo and Empire style, which gives it a truly grand and unique appearance.

Where: Ludwigsburg, Germany

When: 1704

Style: A combination of styles

Open for visit: 9:00am – 18:00pm

10. Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle is a monumental and important landmark in the German town of Heidelberg and is one of the most beautiful and enchanting castles in the vicinity of Stuttgart. Today, the castle merely ruins, but they demonstrate some of the highest and most magnificent architecture of the Renaissance. The earliest castle that existed on the site was built before the year 1214, before later being divided and expanded into two castles, in approximately the year 1294. In the year 1537, a large strike of lightning hit the castle and destroyed its upper half; this also happened again in 1764, which destroyed the sections that had been rebuilt.

Where: Heidelberg, Germany

When: 1214

Style: Medieval

Open for visit: 9:00am – 17:00pm

11. Karlsruhe Palace

Karlsruhe Palace was first constructed in the year 1715, and was built by Jakob Friedrich von Batzendorf. The original castle was made of wood, but this did not hold up sufficiently, so it was later rebuilt in the year 1746, and was made with stone. Later again, in 1770, the castle was modified and additions such as larger doors and windows were added, as well as several grand Baroque style pavilions and wings. Sadly, during the Second World War, much of the palace was destroyed during bomb attacks; it was later rebuilt to bring it back to its former glory and is open to the public today.

Where: Durlach, Germany

When: 1715

Style: Baroque

Open for visit: 10:00am – 17:00pm

12. Castle of Bruchsal

The Castle of Bruchsal, or otherwise known as the Damiansburg, is a grand Baroque palace complex that is located in Bruchsal in Germany. This enormous complex consists of over fifty buildings, some of which are residential, there are chapels, and there is also an array of stunning gardens. The palace was first constructed in the beginning of the 18th century, and was built by Damian Hugo Phillip von Schonborn, who was the Prince-Bishop of Speyer. During the Second World War, a large portion of the palace was destroyed during an American air raid, and was not fully restored until the year 1996; it has been open to the public ever since.

Where: Bruchsal, Germany

When: 18th century

Style: Baroque

Open for visit: 9:00am – 18:00pm

 

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