There are over 25,000 castles in Germany today. Some of these castles are ruins but many of them are well-preserved. So on my first trip to Germany I just had to see one… ruin or not! And when I first laid my eyes on this charming castle perched on a cliff above the Echaz Valley, my obsession with castles began.
Located in the Swabian Alps, Schloss Lichtenstein (Lichtenstein Castle) is known as “Neuschwanstein’s Little Brother” after Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s most famous castle.
Although it is known to most people in Germany, it’s not swarmed with tourists so you’ll definitely be able to enjoy strolling through the grounds and enjoy the scenic views without fighting for that one spot. There are tours in the German language. However, an English speaking guide may be arranged ahead of time. Handouts in the English language are also provided upon request.
Schloss Lichtenstein is about an hour drive south of Stuttgart. When in the area, it is definitely worth a day trip together with the nearby castles in the area.
After exploring the castle and its grounds, we walked to a lovely nearby restaurant called Altes Forsthaus where I enjoyed my favorite Swabian specialty… the spätzle!