Schloss Lichtenstein was built in 1840-1842 in a gothic revival style which was extremely popular at the time. This was due to the popularity of medieval times in literature and art, as well as the construction of the Cologne Cathedral and Schloss Neuschwanstein. Located in the state of Baden-Württemberg the castle sits perched on the hill with a beautiful view below.
A brief history
Schloss Lichtenstein was originally built near this site in 1100 but the locals did not like the occupants. Because of this it sustained continuous damage eventually being destroyed. In the 1300’s a new structure was built close by and in the 1800’s it was rebuilt by King Frederick I as a hunting lodge. His cousin Wilhelm von Urach later purchased the structure after being inspired by a book written about the castle. The Urach family run Schloss Lichtenstein to this day.
‘Time for romance in a time of technology’
The slogan of Schloss Lichtenstein speaks to me deeply, visiting brought on a sense of deep nostalgia. I spent my childhood exploring castles along the River Rhine in West Germany. Today you can enter the castle for about 2€ although a guided tour will cost you a bit more. It is worth every penny to admire the beautiful grounds. Also it is nice knowing that your money is going towards the restoration of this beautiful relic.
Visiting the castle
Unfortunately, when we visited, Schloss Lichtenstein was under maintenance so the turret was not visible. The grounds were still stunning and the castle itself too, especially during the summer months with the lush greenery. The grounds can get fairly busy. There was even a beautiful wedding that had just finished.
If you are in the area then I highly recommend a visit. You can combine the trip with visiting Burg Hohenzollern, Germany or Zeller Horn Lookout, Germany. During the summer months It makes for a nice trip to see both castles. If you have time also the lookout and the beautiful rolling hills of Baden-Württemberg.
Interesting Facts About Lichtenstein Castle
➸ The castle is nicknamed ‘Neuschwanstein’s Little Brother’
★ Lichtenstein translates to ‘Light Stone’
☾ The castle is based on the novel ‘Lichtenstein’
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