The Bavarian city, Munich is home to countless museums, cathedrals, churches, cafes, restaurants, etc., making it a perfect destination for those who love to travel! The city is highly influenced by Bavarian culture and history. The rich and influential Bavarian culture can be seen in every corner of the city. But if your interest is a little more towards exploring the broader aspects of the city, then a visit to some of the Bavarian castles will do complete justice.
9 beautiful munich castles
Here is our list of some of the castles in Munich that you must include in your checklist when visiting the Bavarian city.
1. Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle in Munich is the most visited castle in the world due to its charismatic viewpoint. The palace was built in the 19th century by King Ludwig II and opened to the public soon after his death. Romanesque Revival inspired the design of this fairytale castle. Mosaic floors, mural artwork on the walls, paintings and chandeliers etc. add an atmosphere of excitement to the interior. The most spectacular places for one to admire are the King’s Bedroom and the Colorful Hall. The castle is situated on a rugged hill near the village of Hohenschwangau. The design of the castle is so adorable that Walt Disney used it as an inspiration for his castles and that is why it is also known as the Disney Castle in Munich. This Neuschwanstein Castle tour from Munich is totally worth it!
Time: 8 am to 5 pm
Cost: Approximately Rs 1050.
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2. Linderhof Castle
Linderhof Castle ranks second in the list of most visited Munich castles. This country house castle is located about 100 km southwest of Munich, near the town of Oberammergau. This castle is the smallest of all the castles built by King Ludwig II and is the only one where he stayed during construction. The palace is considered to be one of the most beautifully designed properties of that time. It is surrounded by a hilly landscape dotted with uniquely designed buildings. There is a huge lawn in front of the palace which is divided into five sections. The most notable part of the palace is the Hall of Mirrors which the king used as a kind of living room where he would spend his time reading.
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Cost: Approximately Rs 600.
3. Prune Castle
Prune Castle is located 120 km north of Munich. The palace was built in the 13th century in the Gothic style of architecture. It is situated on a vertical pedestal above the Altmühle river valley, offering breathtaking panoramic views. There are rocks around the palace. The manor was first acquired by Werner of Prunn, who was then taken over by Adalbert of Prunn and finally by Herr von Lauber of Prittenneck. The main attraction of the castle is the white horse painted on the sides of the castle, which is said to be a figure of the Teutonic Knights of Frauenberg. This royal palace in Munich is undoubtedly worth a visit!
Time: 9 AM to 6 PM (The palace can be visited only with a guided tour)
Cost: Around Rs 500 for a regular visit and Rs 900 for a combined ticket to Prune Castle and Liberation Hall.
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4. Herrenchimc Castle
Herrenchiemsee Castle is located in southern Bavaria, 60 km from Munich. The royal complex of the palace is located on an island surrounded by Lake Chiemsee. The new palace was built by King Ludwig II to mimic the charming Palace of Versailles and contains exquisite pieces of art, a rich porcelain collection and famous paintings. It also has a lush green lawn like Versailles. While the old palace complex was converted into a residence, the palace is now maintained by the Bavarian administration to preserve the heritage.
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Cost: Around Rs 730 to Rs 2100.
5. Nuremberg Castle
Nuremberg Castle is located in the city of Nuremberg which was widely known for its criminal trials. This large palace dates back to the 12th century and offers a glimpse of the importance and power of the Holy Roman Empire. It became an essential imperial palace as all German emperors stayed here. The main attraction of the palace is the Romanesque chapel and the well which was the primary source of water in the palace. It has three main sections – the Imperial Castle, Burgrave’s Castle, and the Imperial City buildings.
Time: 9 am to 6 pm in summer and 10 am to 4 pm in winter.
Cost: Rs 560 for regular ticket.
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6. Hohenschwangau Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle is located in the southern part of Germany. King Maximilian II, father of King Ludwig, built the castle in the 19th century. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II. It is located very close to the Austrian border and receives significantly more tourists every year than Neuschwanstein Castle, which is the most visited castle in the world. This castle is situated on a rocky site which offers incredible night views, and is probably the main reason why one should visit this place during their trip to Munich.
Time: 8 am to 5:30 pm
Cost: Around Rs 1050 and free for children below 18 years.
7. Burghausen Castle
Burghausen Castle in eastern Munich, declared by the Guinness World Records company, is the most extant castle complex. It was constructed in the 19th century. The style of Burghausen Castle is based on Gothic architecture. Above all, it offers a spectacular view of the Salzach River. The building consists of a central palace with a courtyard inside and five courtyards on the outside. This Gothic castle served as the second residence of the Lower Bavarian dukes from 1255 to 1503. This place is perfect to capture mesmerizing moments due to its picturesque view.
The palace can be visited with self-guided tours according to your own pace and interests.
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Cost: Around Rs 360 for a regular ticket and around Rs 720 for a joint ticket.
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8. Trausnitz Castle
Trausnitz Castle is located in Landshut, Germany, at a distance of 74 km from the city of Munich. It was built in 1204 by Duke Ludwig I. This hilltop castle was home to the Wittelsbach dynasty, which served as the residence of Lower Bavaria from 1255 to 1503. This medieval structure has undergone many modifications since its construction, but its shape has remained roughly the same since the time of Louis I of Bavaria. The attractive areas in the castle are the tower terrace, the White Hall and the Knights’ Hall which are used for banquets to this day.
Guided tours are recommended to see the palace.
Time: 9 AM to 6 PM in summer and 10 AM to 4 PM in winter
Cost: Rs 450 for regular entry and around Rs 640 for joint entry ticket.
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9. Niwas Museum (Palace turned Museum)
The Munich Residenz opened to the public in 1920, and today it is listed as one of the most remarkable palace museums in Europe. It is located within the city of Munich where visitors can see variations in the forms of princely self-representation. The palace has beautifully designed rooms, paintings, gems, furniture and religious objects.
This residence offers self-guided tours with free audio guides to the museum and treasury to enjoy this place at your own independence. This is the most accessible and convenient option for any tourist staying in the city as it is one of the palaces near Munich Airport.
entrance fees: Around Rs 560 for the Residenz Museum and Treasury, around Rs 280 for the Cuvilliés-Theater and around Rs 1000 for a combined ticket.
Time: Open from 9 am to 6 pm in summer (last entry at 5 pm), and from 10 am to 5 pm in winter (last entry at 4 pm).
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These are some of the royal Munich palaces that you should tick off your travel list when visiting Munich. One cannot truly experience the true history and culture of Bavaria without visiting these castles. Contact TourTravelHotels now for your booking and enjoy a hassle-free holiday in Germany!
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