Germany's top castles

Germany, known for its culture-rich cities, magnificent natural landscapes, and bustling festivals, is also the castle capital. The 16 states may have 25,000 fortifications.

This picture-perfect villa is in Ahrensburg, near Hamburg in northern Germany. Ahrensburg Castle, a local symbol for over 430 years, is now a museum.

Ahrensburg, Schleswig-Holstein

Sigmaringen Castle dominates the skyline of Sigmaringen, a lovely town in southern Germany. The building dates back to 1077 but was reconstructed.

Baden-Sigmaringen W├╝rttemberg's Castle

Marienburg Castle's neo-Gothic architecture decorates Pattensen. The hilltop schloss was built in 1867 for Mary, King George V of Hanover's wife.

Lower-Marienburg Saxony's Castle

Anholt Castle's beauty defies its size & dominance. The 12th-century moated stronghold in Isselburg, Germany, was partially destroyed during WWII.

Anholt Castle, North Rhine-Westphalia

Schwerin Castle is a popular day trip from Hamburg, Germany. This majestic property on Lake Schwerin has a 1,000-year history. 653 rooms include elaborate sculpture.

Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Muskau Castle is truly unique. The red property is the centrepiece of Muskau Park, Central Europe's largest English-style garden. The UNESCO World Heritage Site's ground popular.

Saxony's Muskau Castle

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