The 15 Most Incredible Castles in Germany
The Czech Republic is said to have more castles per square mile than any other country but by some estimates there are more than 20,000 Castles in Germany. It is hard to get an accurate number since the definition of a castle varies, however fortifications, residences, medieval and fairy tale castles dot the hills everywhere throughout the country. For the first time visitor it seems there is a Castle on every hilltop. Some of these structures date back hundreds of years. Today the Castles have been turned into hotels, museums and tourist attractions. Some have been purchased and remodeled as modern day homes and some still belong in the same family, having been passed down through the generations. Here are a few of the more noteworthy German Castles.
15. Reichsburg Cochem
Located in the scenic town of Cochem, Reichsburg Castle stands majestically overlooking the town. The Castle that stands today though is not the original one. Like many Castles in the old world, the current structure was built on the ruins of previous fortifications. The original structure dating from the 12th century was destroyed by the army of King Louis XIV in 1689. In 1868 wealthy Berlin businessman Louis Ravené bought the ruins and built the current Castle as a summer residence for his family. Some of the original structure such as the four story “witches tower” were incorporated into the new building. According to legend the witches tower was used a place to try women for witchcraft and if guilty they were thrown from the tower. Today the Castle is open to tourists and those that make the steep walk up the road from town are rewarded of breathtaking views of the town and Moselle Valley.