Visiting the spectacular Burg Lichtenstein in Germany

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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  A newer version of the castle was built in 1390.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.

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

About the Author

Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers.  He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.

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10 thoughts on “Visiting the spectacular Burg Lichtenstein in Germany”

  1. Those pictures are fantastic! Never been to Liechtenstein, but we may take a detour there on our next trip to Europe after reading this.

  2. Made me want to go! However, I love castles and Lietenstein is just one of those tiny countries you want to visit.

  3. Wow what a cool looking place! It’s hard to believe it was only built in the 1800’s, it seems timeless. And you’re right, on a dark night it would look like something out of a horror novel!

  4. Very timely we were just talking about this last night! Starting to think about this one for an upcoming trip. I have pinned it for later.

  5. Looks awesome. Although it’s only open on weekends Nov-March, I bet this place looks absolutely magical during wintertime when it’s snowing!

  6. Don’t know exactly what year, I will be going…I will bring my family, of 5…We are Deutsch from America und want to sehen the Valter Land..It will be my second time zu Deutschland..I want to get that 4.4 star hotel, for my family..At least drei tage.Please send me information.Also, The romantic city, is it Heidelberg??Info too..Vielen Dank Herr Stinger

  7. Mark I am loving this post as you’ve shown what we missed when ran out of time in Strasbourg to make it to the castle! I totally enjoyed the experience we had in Strasbourg but at least now I know next time we won’t miss out on visiting Lichtenstein Castle. Lucky we ran out of time too, coz reading your article shows it’s closed in December which is when we were there. Would have been so annoyed missing out on time in Strasbourg to head all those k’s to see a place that was closed! Thanks for the tip.


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