German Spotlight: A Visual Journey through the Enchanting Castles of Germany

Germany is world-renowned for having some of the most amazing castles in the world. JNR has been lucky enough to take clients through many of these amazing architectural feats throughout our 34 year history. Though they are all captivating in their own ways, we thought it would be fun to take you on a visual journey through four of our favorites.

1)    Nymphenburg Palace

This grand palace was commissioned in 1664 and the central pavilion was completed in 1675. Over the next few centuries the Palace was expanded and different styles were incorporated. This site is open to the public and well worth a visit.

Photo: “Castle Nymphenburg, Munich” by Frank Friedrichs is licensed under CC By 2.0

The main building of the castle is one of the top tourist destinations in Munich and receives close to half a million visitors each year.

Photo: “Nymphenburg” by Ho Visto Nina Volare is licensed under CC By 2.0

The Steinerner Sall (Stone Hall), which is situated in the central pavilion, features ceiling frescoes and beautiful chandeliers that support the elegance of the entire palace.

Photo: “Delft Punk” by Steve Jurvetson is licensed under CC By 2.0

Joseph Effner was commissioned to redesign the Pagodenburg Pavilion in 1716 in French Baroque style. His use of Delft tile in the lower level complements the details of the Chinoiserie upstairs.

2)    Linderhof Palace

Linderhof was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria who enjoyed hunting in the surrounding areas. The castle is second rococo-period style and has many similarities to Versailles.

Photo: “Schlosspark Linderhof, Königliche Villa” by Heribert Pohl is licensed under CC By 2.0

This was the only large palace that King Ludwig II lived in long enough to enjoy. He was a man of luxury and there are stories of him enjoying summer afternoons being rowed across the lake in a golden boat.