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.
Visiting Lichtenstein Castle Germany
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 A newer version of the castle was built in 1390.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.
Features: Besides the fantastic architecture and amazing views the Castle Lichtenstein features original furnishings from the 1800’s 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.
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.
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.
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Accommodation Options: Hotels available around the castle area click HERE
Additional Information: The Lichtenstein castle is closed during December and January, and is closed during the weekdays (Monday–Friday) between November and March. In the winter (November, February and March) it’s opened during the weekends only (Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays) between 10 am and 4 pm. Between April and October, it’s opened daily between 9 am and 5.30 pm
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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