Lichtenstein Castle strikes an amazing pose as it sits perched on a cliff. It is reminiscent of castles you would see in horror movies. Maybe a damsel in distress is crying for help from a window.

Lichtenstein Castle Germany is often referred to as Little Neuschwanstein in reference to their similar style and look of Germany’s most famous castle. None the less Lichtenstein Schloss is a famous castle in Germany in its own right.

Schloss Lichtenstein in Germany
Schloss Lichtenstein sits proudly

Visiting Lichtenstein Castle Germany

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Burg Lichtenstein welcomes guests all year round

History: Records show there has been a castle situated at this location since around 1200. Lichtenstein Castle Germany sits above the source of the Echaz River. The original castle was destroyed, once in the Reichskrieg’s War of 1311. After a rebuild, the castle was again sacked and destroyed by the city-state of Reutlingen in 1377.

The castle was not reconstructed and subsequently fell to ruin. It is today known as Old Lichtenstein.  A newer version of the castle was built in 1390. This castle sits roughly 500 m away from the ruin of the original castle. Sometime around the 1560’s Lichtenstein Castle lost its place as a seat to the Lords of the land and fell into disrepair.

Lichtenstein one of the best castles in Germany

At the start of the 18th century, the land came into the hands of King Frederick I of Württemberg. The King levelled the remaining the ruins of the castle and built a hunting lodge on the site.

In 1837, the land was bought from King Wilhelm I of Württemberg by his cousin Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg. Duke Wilhelm was inspired after reading a book about Schloss Liechtenstein history and started construction on the current castle in 1840–42.

Exterior of Burg Lichtenstein
A dragon protecting Lichtenstein Castle

Features: Besides the fantastic architecture and amazing views the Castle Lichtenstein features original furnishings from the 1800s and a collection of weapons and arms. The wooden bridge which connects the main tower to the courtyard is amazing. There is a ropes course on the grounds of the castle for both Adults and kids

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Lichtenstein a true fairytale castle in Germany

Tours:  There are 30-min guided tours of castle Lichtenstein, which cost an extra 6 € per person (3 € for children).The "Basic tour" which shows the 1st and 2nd floor of the castle. It showcases the armoury and coats of arms and a chapel which features some beautiful glass paintings.

Tours of the 3rd and fourth floor are also available along with the special costume tour. In the costumed tour, you get to dress up in period clothes and do a full tour of all floors.

Get a full 360 degree view of the amazing fairytale castle and its surrounds right here!

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Facilities: Toilets, Castle Tavern and Schloss Lichtenstein restaurant and beer garden

Pro's for family Travel: Take the guided tour at 30 minutes it is short enough to hopefully keep the kids occupied. The kids will enjoy the armoury, knights and swords abound in Castle Lichtenstein Let your imagination take you back to another time when Lichtenstein Castle Germany was in its prime. Kids can try the ropes course from 8 years upwards.

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Panorama of the castle and its lands

 An American tank passing through the valley during World War II  below fired a shell, which directly hit the main tower. Fortunately, the shell failed to explode. This piece of luck saved the impressive building from certain ruin. However, a hole in the plaster where the shell struck remains to this day.

How to get to Schloss Lichtenstein

How to reach Lichtenstein Castle: The two closest major cities are Stuttgart Germany which lies 58 kilometres away via the B27 motorway. Strasbourg France lies 198 kilometres away via the A5 & A8 motorways. The car park is located 150 metres from the castle or alternatively, if you're feeling energetic you can make the 30-minute walk through the forest from Honau


The nearest train station is Reutlingen Hbf. Reutlingen which is connected to the German ICE network. From Reutlingen bus station (5 minutes to walk from the railway station) take the bus no. 7606 and exit at Honau.

Coordinates:48.406667, 9.258056
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Accommodation Options: Hotels available around the castle area click HERE
Lichtenstein castle

Opening times Burg Lichtenstein

Opening hours

 Jan. - Feb.MarchApril - Oct.Nov. - Dec.
Monday- Fridayclosed10 am - 4 pm9 am - 5:30 pm10 am - 4 pm
Saturdayclosed10 am - 4 pm9 am - 5:30 pm10 am - 4 pm
Sunday/ Holiday*closed10 am - 4 pm9 am - 5:30 pm10 am - 4 pm

Opening times are correct as of October 2019

Entry costs at Burg Lichtenstein

Admission charges

Castle Courtyard
Adults: 2 €
Children: 1 €

Basic Guided Tour
Duration: ca 30 min.
Children: 3,50 €
Adults: 8 €
Reduced: 7 €
Groups with a minimum of 20 paying participants: 7 €

I hope this Lichtenstein Castle family Travel Guide provides you with the relevant information. As far as castles in Germany go Schloss Lichtenstein should definitely be on your list. If you love castles we highly recommend you visit Neuschwanstein, make a trip to Schloss Hohenzollern and seek out Herrenchimsee Palace

*I have not personally been to this castle. Our German correspondents Adriana and Thomas visited Liechtenstein 3 weeks ago and provided me with images and information to craft this article

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