Photos: Castles and Palaces

Photo Gallery: Castles and Palaces

Germany is home to many historic castles and palaces. In this photo gallery we introduce you to three notable examples.

  • Cochem Castle
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Heidelberg Castle

Also see our Guide to Castles and Palaces in Germany.

Cochem Castle and river bank
Cochem Castle and river bank

Cochem Castle and river bank

Cochem Castle viewed from the banks of the Moselle and the town of Cochem.

Cochem Castle gargoyle
Cochem Castle gargoyle

Cochem Castle gargoyle

A view of the Moselle River from Cochem Castle with an interesting gargoyle.

Cochem Castle interior
Cochem Castle interior

Cochem Castle interior

A tour group inside Cochem Castle.

Cochem Castle tower
Cochem Castle tower

Cochem Castle tower

The "Hexenturm" (Witches Tower) on the right is connected with a legend about condemned witches.

Cochem Castle glasswork
Cochem Castle glasswork

Cochem Castle glasswork

This glasswork is one of many found in Cochem Castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle in the fall
Neuschwanstein Castle in the fall

Neuschwanstein Castle in the fall

Neuschwanstein Castle seen from the meadow below in the fall.

Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Schloss Neuschwanstein seen from the surrounding mountains.

Neuschwanstein 2
Neuschwanstein 2

Neuschwanstein 2

Another view from the mountains.

Neuschwanstein interior view
Neuschwanstein interior view

Neuschwanstein interior view

An interior view of King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle showing the fine work of his craftsmen.

Neuschwanstein meadow 2
Neuschwanstein meadow 2

Neuschwanstein meadow 2

Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Neuschwanstein!

Schloss Heidelberg tower
Schloss Heidelberg tower

Schloss Heidelberg tower

Most of Heidelberg Castle is in ruins today, but a visit offers wonderful views of the city and the Neckar River below.

Heidelberg view
Heidelberg view

Heidelberg view

Another view from Heidelberg Castle with the historic bridge across the Neckar. Heidelberg is the fifth largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Heidelberg bridge
Heidelberg bridge

Heidelberg bridge

Heidelberg's old stone bridge on the Neckar River was erected between 1786 and 1788.

Heidelberg bridge plaque
Heidelberg bridge plaque

Heidelberg bridge plaque

This plaque commemorates the victory by the Austrian "Prince Schwarzenberg Ulanen-Regiment" that bravely defended the bridge against the French in October 1799.

Heidelberg bridge Hochwasser
Heidelberg bridge Hochwasser

Heidelberg bridge Hochwasser

Another historic plaque relates the story of various floods that have inundated the city of Heidelberg over the years. A mark on the bridge gate shows the the height of the 1784 flood that destroyed the old wooden bridge.

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