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A visit to a castle — whether you stumble over one during a hike outdoors or walk your way around the grounds with a guide — is always something special, and you’ve got 20 beautiful castles to choose from in Hesse. Just browse our list to find your top castle , and add some history to your next adventure!

The top 20 castles in Hesse

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    Burgruine Rodenstein

    Hiking Highlight

    The castle was built around 1240 by the brothers Rudolf and Friedrich von Crumbach, who called themselves from 1256 "Von Rodenstein". Since then, the castle bears her name. In the …

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    Burg Falkenstein

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    Falkenstein Castle, also known as Neu-Falkenstein, is the ruins of a hilltop castle in the climatic health resort of the same name, Falkenstein, a district of Königstein im Taunus in …

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    Römerkastell Saalburg

    Hiking Highlight

    The Saalburg, in Roman times a fort with a camp village on the border between the Roman Empire and the Germanic tribal areas, was rebuilt around 1900 on the initiative …

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    Schloss Auerbach

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    Auerbach Castle was established at the beginning of the 13th century above the town of Zwingenberg to ensure customs revenue and safety on the Bergstraße. It was built by the …

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    Hinterburg

    Hiking Highlight

    Very nice view of a Neckarschleife and over to the festival Dilsberg. The ascent of the tower, however, is adventurous, as it is pitch dark there. Without a flashlight it …

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    Jagdschloss Platte

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    The hunting lodge was built in 1823-1826 by Duke Wilhelm I of Nassau. Destroyed to the outside walls in the Second World War, it is currently being gradually rebuilt by …

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    Jagdschloss Platte

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    The castle ruins (formerly the hunting lodge) are located high above Wiesbaden and are protected from decay by a glass roof construction. The hunting lodge was built for Duke Wilhelm …

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    Burgruine Königstein

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    Königstein Castle was probably built in the 11th century and served to secure the important Reichsstraße between Frankfurt and Cologne. At the end of the 18th century the castle was …

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    Schwalbennest

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    The castle Schwalbennest (1230) was daringly built on a rock on the steep mountainside above the Neckar.
    The four castles, and especially the Swallow's Nest, inspired too many legends and …

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    Römerkastell Saalburg

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    The Saalburg fort is a reconstructed Roman fort directly on the Limes, which separated the Roman Empire from the “barbaric” tribes in the north about 2,000 years ago. The fort …

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    Schloss Vollrads

    Hiking Highlight

    Really first class food here with reasonable value for money. It is also very nice inside.

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    Römerkastell Saalburg

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    In Roman times, the Saalburg was a fort that served to monitor a Limes section in the Taunus. The Limes formed the border of the Roman Empire for about 150 …

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    High above the village of Alsbach is the castle of the same name. It was built around 1235 by the Lords of Bickenbach. After the Bickenbacher noble family threaded through …

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    The fort below the large Feldberg lies at 700 meters altitude was the highest on the whole Limes in Germany and is one of the best preserved structures of the …

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    Burgruine Tannenberg

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    The castle Tannenberg is a medieval hilltop castle on the Tannenberg, an upstream mountain spur of the Odenwald. The fortress was built around 1230 and later expanded. From the end …

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    Schloss Wilhelmshöhe

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    You can only give something historical to the castle. This works best on a portal and I have decided for the kassel.de/kultur/sehenswuerdigkeiten/Bergpark/01927/index.html. Schloss Wilhelmshöhe was under Landgrave Wilhelm IX. Built …

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    Starkenburg

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    The Starkenburg stands on the 295 meter high Schlossberg and offers a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape. The fort was built in the middle of the 11th century as …

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    Burgruine Münzenberg

    Bike Touring Highlight

    A must for every castle lover. The castle is open and accessible for a small fee. A wooden staircase inside leads to one of the two keep all the way …

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    Jagdschloss Platte

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    Very nice views of Wiesbaden and the surrounding area.
    There are numerous parking spaces, a kiosk, a nice restaurant, a large children's playground and barbecue areas directly at the hunting lodge.

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    Höchster Schloss

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    A landmark of Höchst is the castle with the Gothic keep and the Renaissance building from the 16th century, the so-called New Castle.

    Today the castle houses the museums for …

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