Schloss Lichtenstein: my favorite fairytale castle

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.

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One look at this gem and you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the days of yore… I know I did!

Located in the Swabian Alps, Schloss Lichtenstein (Lichtenstein Castle) is known as “Neuschwanstein’s Little Brother” after Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s most famous castle.

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This romantic castle has views over the lush green mountains and the lovely villages of Echaz valley.
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It was used as a hunting lodge after it was rebuilt by King Frederick I of Württemberg in 1802.
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The castle contains a large collection of historic weapons and armory.

Castle grounds

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.

Getting there

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.

Altes Forsthaus

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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!

Guten Appetit!

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