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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 the Electoral Palatinate. Just browse our list to find your top castle , and add some history to your next adventure!

The top 20 castles in the Electoral Palatinate

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    Strahlenburg

    Hiking Highlight

    In the shade of old chestnut trees, you can enjoy a beer in the summer, the beautiful view of the vineyards, Schriesheim and the Rhine valley (up to the Palatinate …

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    Johannes
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    Heidelberger Schloss

    Hiking Highlight

    The huge castle of Heidelberg is itself as a ruin one of the most beautiful castles of Germany. Unlike Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg Castle has a history of almost 900 years. …

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    Schloss Schwetzingen

    Bike Touring Highlight

    This place is a pleasure for the mind and palate in the warm season. A visit to the castle park is definitely worth it. And a delicious meal can be …

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    Eremitage

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Beautiful baroque hunting and pleasure palace. Can be booked for weddings, meetings, etc. The Marian pilgrimage church and monastery are also in the immediate vicinity. Unfortunately, the industrial area also …

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    Jochen
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    Burgruine Windeck

    Hiking Highlight

    The castle ruins are a beautiful hiking and walking destination with refreshment stops. It offers a wonderful view over Weinheim and the Rhine Valley, in good weather up to the …

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    Dirk
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    Wachenburg

    Hiking Highlight

    The best preserved castle on the Burgensteig Bergstraße is a very young building. The Wachenburg was built at the beginning of the 20th century by the Weinheim Senior Convent, an …

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    Minneburg

    Hiking Highlight

    Medieval castle ruins, the emergence of which probably related to the nearby Staufer Pfalz Wimpfen and was most recently the Grand Duchy of Baden belonged. Wonderful view of the Neckar …

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    Strahlenburg

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    In summer you can stop here and have a great view from the sun terrace over the Rhine Valley.

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    Matthias
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    Burgruine Eberbach

    Hiking Highlight

    Great castle ruins, there is a lot to discover, everything is freely accessible. The location is great on this hill and yet in the forest.

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    Sigrid
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    10

    Schloss Bruchsal

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nice associated park with fountain and pond and children's playground in the back. Open-air events in summer and a Christmas market on individual weekends in winter. 😊

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    Silke
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    Burgruine Stolzeneck

    Hiking Highlight

    The ruin is always freely accessible. A staircase leads to the preserved part of the shield wall, from where there is a beautiful view over the surrounding forest and the …

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    Alex
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    12

    Heidelberger Schloss

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Heidelberg Castle is certainly one of the most popular travel destinations in Baden-Württemberg. The palace complex is so extensive that you actually have to visit it several times to have only seen half of it.

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    Schloss Zwingenberg

    Hiking Highlight

    Beautiful castle located just above the Neckar - unfortunately, the castle is privately owned and therefore not easy to visit. Directly behind the castle begins the Wolfsschlucht.

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    Jochen
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    Ruine Hirschburg

    Hiking Highlight

    On top of the Hirschberg you will find the small and heavily overgrown ruins of the Hirschburg. The lords, the noble family Hirschberg, had built on the castle on Schanzenköpfle. …

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    Schloss Heidelberg

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    It's really very interesting to see the old Gelump ‘from behind ...
    From the front hui from behind ...
    Nonsense 🤣🤣🤣We Kurpfälzer are very proud of our world-famous Heidelberg Castle ‘- 🤗

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    Burgruine Dauchstein

    Hiking Highlight

    Unfortunately, the keep is closed and you only get up the wooden stairs. But you still have a good view of the old nuclear power plant Obrigheim.

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    Stefan
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    Schloss Bergzabern

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The castle is the landmark of the city and was built in the 12th and 13th centuries.

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    Schloss Mannheim

    Hiking Highlight

    Reconstruction of the castle destroyed in World War II. Originally it served as the residence of the Elector Palatine. In addition to a few historically designed rooms, the Mannheim Palace houses part of the excellent university.

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    Eremitage Waghäusel

    Hiking Highlight

    Beautiful baroque hunting and pleasure palace. Can be booked for weddings, meetings etc. In the immediate vicinity is also the Marian pilgrimage church and monastery. Unfortunately, the industrial area is …

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    Jochen
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    Schlosspark Eichtersheim

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    German history, just belongs!

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    Tip by
    Karlheinz

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